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Margaret Thatcher's cruel legacy in Northern Ireland

Roman CatholicismChristianityMargaret ThatcherRobert L. Ehrlich Jr.

Columnist Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. couldn't be more wrong when he describes the late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher as "a woman of principle and strong moral character" ("A silence from liberals that speaks volumes," June 23).

On the contrary, Mrs. Thatcher's hatred of Irish Catholics caused her to commit war crimes in Northern Ireland for which she should have been tried at the Hague.

Thatcher sent British SAS soldiers to Northern Ireland with orders to "shoot to kill," ordered the execution of Catholic lawyer Pat Finucane, whose only offense was to defend suspected IRA members too well in court, and once horrified her advisors by proposing a "Cromwell solution" for Northern Ireland — whereby tens of thousands of Catholics would be forcibly removed (ethnically cleansed) from Ulster to the south.

No amount of revisionist history can ever change the fact that Thatcher committed atrocities against Irish Catholics in Northern Ireland for legitimately resisting England's brutal occupation.

Ray Gordon, Bel Air

Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun
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