I agree with the Times' editorial ("Carnage in Northern Ireland," Aug. 29) that Britain will eventually withdraw from Northern Ireland and now is the time for reconciliation between Protestants and Catholics. But, speaking as one of Ulster Protestant background, the problem is that the Anglo-Irish Accord is another part of 20 years of efforts to stabilize British rule, which will only prolong the war. Anyone who does not understand that does not know Irish nationalism.
Britain gerrymandered Ulster in the 1920s to produce the Northern Ireland "statelet" and give the illusion that it was only interested in upholding democracy. The fact is that half the counties forced into the new entity had anti-British majorities and Irish nationalists in the area were killed, driven from their homes, and denied employment to keep the minority from becoming the majority. Whenever the views of the majority interfered with British rule they were overridden, from the 1918 vote for a free and united Ireland to the 1985 imposition of the accord. It is time to let the natural majority of the island have its say or for the government to heed the wishes of most of the 55 million citizens of the United Kingdom, who foot the nearly $3-billion-a-year Northern Ireland subsidy and who want to get out. It is absurd to let 900,000 largely right-wing loyalists have an absolute veto over everyone else, especially since there is no serious threat to the Protestants.