Letter: IRA cash source

Letter: IRA cash source

Sir: On my occasional UK visits, I have to confront the canard "that part of US society has habitually bankrolled Republican violence" in Ulster (Leader, 20 August).

That is gratuitous Yank-bashing tosh. The sentimental Irish Americans you finger are a minuscule part of a heterogeneous 260 million US population and are found mainly in Boston and Chicago. Most Americans can't find Ulster on the map and couldn't care less about its politics, while revulsed at its horrors.

Get off our backs. To quote Bill Mauldin's famous "Up front" World War II cartoon "Don't look at me lady, we didn't do it".

BRIGADIER GENERAL JOHN H NAPIER III

Edinburgh

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