bomb threats flood Britain, paralyzing rail and highway traffic just
before the general election there. In May elections, Labour leader Tony
Blair wins an overwhelming majority in parliament. Within weeks, he
visits Northern Ireland and opens talks with Sinn Fein.
months later, the IRA reinstates its cease-fire. Sinn Fein adopts the
Mitchell principles of nonviolence and enters talks. The Ulster Unionists
follow a month later.