Los Angeles Times

Children run past graffiti reading "Decommission" in the Twinrook area of West Belfast, Northern Ireland

Children run past graffiti reading "Decommission" in the Twinrook area of West Belfast, Northern Ireland May 6. The IRA has issued a statement on their willingness to place its terrorist weapons "beyond use," raising hopes for a continuation of the peace process. The phrase "beyond use" is the latest euphemism being used within Northern Ireland negotiations to describe disarmament. Parties here rarely use the word "disarmament," but instead employ deliberately ambiguous language in an attempt to give the IRA greater flexibility in how it surrenders control of its weapons. AP/Peter Morrison
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