Many times it feels like trying to understand the problem with Northern Ireland and looking for a solution is just like running into a brick wall over and over again. But there's always the hope that you will break through. If enough people pound on the wall and weaken it, it will one day fall. The problem lies in being patient enough to see the day it falls.
A lot of people don't realize the depth and complexities of the problem and are quick to pass judgement, which can be extremely frustrating. (not directed to anyone here, rather someone I was talking to yesterday.) Nothing will be solved until people on both sides are willing to compromise. The thing is, nobody (again in general) really likes to compromise, especially when dealing with their lives and beliefs. No one can truly justify using violence, but they can make a good case sometimes, and if they're talking to the right people, the violence will continue. I can't make any brilliant suggestions or give any good insight, but at least know that the fact that this thread has evolved into a good discussion is in itself, part of the solution.