> The Northern Irish have remained part of the British Empire without
interruption for many centuries,
> and remain so today. (There was a chance of their separation shortly
before WWI, but they openly
> defied the British authorities to resist it.) They have not "only
recently" begun to ask to be "taken
> back" -- they have not begun to ask to be "taken back" at all -- because
they have never been apart.
If the Troubles prove anything, they show that one simply cannot speak of
'the Northern Irish'. The divides in Northern Irish society are deep,
multiple, and complex.
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