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Northern Ireland's civil war

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Regarding the Opinion page article "Northern Ireland's Grim Refrain," Feb. 6: I found it disheartening to read the author's continual connection between the Irish Republican Army and terrorism without even acknowledging the terrorist atrocities committed by the IRA's Protestant counterparts.

While on several occasions the author alludes to the killing of eight Protestant workers by an IRA bomb, he makes no reference to the Ulster Freedom Fighters - a Protestant terrorist group - and its Feb. 5 machine-gun attack on a betting shop filled with elderly Roman Catholics. In that attack 10 were wounded and four were killed. Michael Twomey Greason, New York

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