Some would argue that the common goal of the Good Friday agreement was peace and an end to violence; maybe so, yet there is growing evidence of elements from both sides being prepared to deploy violence to protect what they regard as threatened interests: threats and interests which tend to be recognised because we take so many steers from the past.
UK cabinet papers are released every six months and they, too, bring new and often unsettling revelations. What we have, in other words, is us-and-them history. It still dogs every step we take, often with its teeth clamped to our ankles. But not finding a way of dealing with the past keeps us chained to it. And even if there were a united Ireland the past will continue to haunt us. We need to find a way to break the shackles.
We need to find a way of understanding and trusting each other. We need to find a way of living together. Or maybe we just have to accept that the past is summed up in one word: partition. Everything today flows from that decision and will always lead back to it. It is the one issue on which there can be no agreement, no common goal. It is now beyond resolution. Alex Kane is a commentator based in Belfast.
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