We all have mates who have died or been hurt in NI, so I think this is very relevant here especially. So the IRA have stated, without any fear of taking the statement wrong, that they will not disarm. Essentially this means that they undoubtedly retain the capacity to wage the terrorist war, the same, or even greater than before. Troops and security enplacements in the province have been massively dismantled. Watch towers that looked over wide regions of the border have been dismantled, leaving the terrorists virtually free rein to roam the border regions. Meanwhile the collection of intelligence and weapons and expertise continues unabated by the terrorists around the world, but now seems to be concentrated in South America. So the IRA is still as potent a terrorist organisation as it ever was. What, short of actually declaring the Province as now part of a united Ireland, does Blair have left to give the IRA terrorists as appeasement and sops to disarm? We have just fought a war in a far away foreign country, that was no threat to the UK. Blair wanted that war, Blair took us into that war. What about NI? Using his own standards, and using his own rhetoric, the war on terror, can we now rely on Blair to instigate an invasion of Eire to weed out the IRA and forcibly remove their weapons? Or can we even rely on him to try and force the IRA to the table and begin disarmament? Not on your nelly, that would be just too imprudent. The people of NI who have died deserve to be better remembered, as the men of the forces who have died deserve. They should not all be sacrificial to better serve Blairs carreer and future carreer.