Naturally, this does not in itself make Senator Mitchell an unsuitable chairman of the peace talks. Indeed, as Lebanese Catholics and Ulster Protestants share a common fear of being progressively outnumbered, a degree of mutual sympathy could legitimately be assumed.
Yet if, instead of Senator Mitchell, a distinguished Toronto ex-senator of mixed Ulster Presbyterian and, say, Dutch Calvinist descent had been appointed, would Irish Nationalists, Irish-Americans and British "liberals" have regarded the appointment with equanimity? Somehow I doubt it.
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