Patriotism is a commendable thing and most people will fight for what they believe define who and what they are.

However, there are some things that seem so petty and yet they caused individuals to act in ways that are counterproductive.

There have been 9 police officers hurt and 18 rioters arrested in Northern Ireland following protests over Belfast City Council’s decision, made 3 December, to stop flying the British flag year-round.

A consensus with the Northern Ireland people must be established and they have to realize that a flag is not the be all or end all of their existence and that this continuing feud that have divided Catholics and Protestants for so many years must come to an end.

This is the 21st Century and it is time that individuals realize that fighting and killing each other is not the way to resolve any dispute.  An outsider looking in at the chaos and mayhem that is happening in Northern Ireland would find it difficult to understand why the non flying of a flag all year round could generate such disturbance.

It defies logic that there should be threats made against politicians simply because they took a decision that most normal people would not see as a problem, and yet it caused so-called civilized individuals to act in such a destructive manner.

In my opinion it is really time for peace to reign in Northern Ireland.  Too much blood has already been shed on both sides and the constant fighting should not be a legacy that either side wants to leave to the next generation.  It is time to put a period on all their differences which seem to be constantly dividing the community, work together to maintain unity and peace, if not for themselves, but for their children and grandchildren.

By Sandrea: My Opinion