Friday, July 29, 2005

As one war ends another just begins

As one war ends another begins. This is the take of many front pages in Friday’s newspapers following the IRA statement ending its armed campaign. PM Tony Blair said the announcement was “a step of unprecedented magnitude”. The White House was cautiously optimistic, welcoming the statement but saying it "must now be followed by actions demonstrating the republican movement's unequivocal commitment to the rule of law". Dr Ian Paisley, DUP leader, offered similar sentiments, "We will judge the IRA’s bona fides over the next months and years based on its behaviour and activity."
However the minds of many Londoners will be on the current threat it now faces. And besides more arrests following dawn raids to day in Tooting, south London, the threat remains. "It does remain possible that those at large will strike again, and it does also remain possible that there are other cells that are capable and intent on striking again," Ian Blair, Metropolitan Police Commissioner, said Thursday. Of the 6 arrested Thursday in Tooting, one witness, quoted on the BBC, said one was a ‘spitting image’ of one of the suspects.
[00:30 GMT 29/07/2005]

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