July 28 2005 is a momentous day. A day where peace is given a chance. Lets all be optimistic, the prospect of peace is a very real one for the first time in a long time. The IRA’s pledge to lay down arms is a very significant start. In the South African struggle the ANC’s call to lay down arms was also a strong starting point that led to further progress in the negotiation. I think that further concessions on all sides of the debate will now be forthcoming.