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From: "jgblair" <>
Subject: Re: Bits & Pieces
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 1998 13:21:01 -0500


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From: linda Merle <>
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Date: 11 February, 1998 11:50 PM
Subject: Re: Bits & Pieces

Linda: You are quite right about Conor Cruise O'Brien.
He calls himself a "constitutional" nationalist" as opposed to the men of
violence:
his family was split on this issue. Also, his comparison of Northern Ireland
with Quebec is of particular interest to this Ulster-Canadian - he considers
them both "distinct societies" (4-letter words to many Canadians) with a
right to self-determination. His account of (Southern) Irish politics in
the 1920's would be of interest to anyone trying to understand modern
Ireland.
I believe his vision of Irish nationalism could be acceptable to many
Loyalists as it shows respect for both traditions in the Wee Six - but don't
hold your breath!

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