The IRA has declared today that they are ending the armed campaign, and Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has told the British and Irish governments and unionist leaders to "Seize the moment". This brings new hope to the Irish peace process, and the Troubles started in the late 1960's after decades of discrimination against the Catholic minority can finally come to an end. Hopefully, the people in the north of Ireland will be able to decide their permanent status for themselves in democratic forms.
The Irish experience can give ideas to those who are waging the War On Terror of today. To fight terror with supreme force seldom works when trying to build peace. There will always be new young and angry men and women who are ready to die for what they believe in. And there will never be economic resources enough to get absolute security in cities with populations as large as the whole of Sweden.
Peace can only last when built on justice. If the occupation of Iraq would end and a true peace process based on the UN Resolutions would take place in Palestine, recruitment to al-Qaida and other terrorist organisations would be much more difficult. And the world would be a much safer place.
By the way, the BBC has a very useful site on the Anglo-Irish conflict.