"Thousands of people have taken part in silent vigils held across Northern Ireland in a poignant demonstration against the return of violence. Skip related content Crowds gathered outside Belfast City Hall, Londonderry Guildhall and Newry Town Hall in demonstrations organised by trade unions." http://uk.news.yahoo.com/21/20090311/tuk-thousands-at-n-ireland-peace-vigils-6323e80.html Recent events in Northern Ireland put me in mind of a handful of rather terse exchanges in this thread some weeks back. Please, before anyone accuses me of naivete and/or ignorance of what's going on - I'm perfectly well aware of the fact that despite its general absence from the headlines - peace and harmony does not reign in Northern Ireland. I'm also well aware of the 'mixed' messages coming from political leaders about these events. That said, I'm moved to wonder if these are 'incidents', or the leading edge of a trend.