Next week's negotiations are doomed to fail, because the U.S. supports Israel in its refusal to negotiate with Hamas even though it pushed the British to negotiate with the Irish equivalent of Hamas, the IRA.
When you see a story on Northern Ireland that is really about its misdirected youth causing violence, try and think of the vast majority of "Nor'n Iron" that could care less about the their ancestors' grudges.
While nobody would argue that the government shouldn't take all necessary and justifiable steps to prevent terrorism, what rational person would argue that turning extremists away from violence runs contrary to that goal?
The blood-spilling of the past week - and the rock-solid resistance to it - should lead us to a new political cry. Prime Minister Brown, Taoiseach Cowen, First Minister Robinson - tear down this wall between Northern Ireland's children.