One of Clinton's many accomplishments was in helping to negotiate peace in Ireland. It's amazing that this once intractable situation seems to me moving forward. It demonstrates the power of effective diplomacy. http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/05/08/world/main2773038.shtml (CBS/AP) Protestant leader Ian Paisley, who spent decades refusing to cooperate with Northern Ireland's Catholic minority, was elected Tuesday to oversee a power-sharing administration alongside his longtime Sinn Fein foes. The unopposed election of Democratic Unionist Party chief Paisley, 81, as "first minister" of a new 12-member administration heralded an astonishing new era for Northern Ireland. Paisley immediately affirmed an oath pledging to cooperate with Catholics and the government of the neighboring Republic of Ireland moves that the evangelical firebrand long denounced as surrender. Seconds later, Sinn Fein deputy leader and ex-IRA commander Martin McGuinness accepted the No. 2 post of deputy first minister. McGuinness, affirmed the same oath, which required all ministers to support the Northern Ireland police and British courts a position that Sinn Fein refused for decades to accept.