LETTER: Conflict in Chechnya

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From Mr Richard Barrett

Sir: I am getting fed up with the pro-Chechen propaganda that is being put out by the media, for example Tony Barber's article and Phil Reeves's report in the Independent (16 January), as though it is a David and Goliath struggle.

The fact is that on two occasions, Chechen rebels have threatened to murder a hospital full of men, women and children. Can you imagine what reaction the IRA would get in the media were it to try similar tactics?

Can we not call terrorism what it is and lay off the kid-glove treatment?

Yours sincerely,

Richard Barrett

Luton, Bedfordshire