THANKS TO LEANDA de Lisle for her letter in response to my Peru/Northern Ireland piece.
The intention behind it was to highlight a few similarities, not to suggest that either situation were a blueprint of the other.
It is rather interesting, however, to see how excited some people become when links are made between what is happening out there (the "third world") and here (the "civilised first world").
I have always felt that the stringent efforts of some to keep such global matters partitioned in this way smacked of racist hypocrisy.
The nature of this hostility would seem to confirm that there must be some truth in this argument.
Maybe I should dig deeper. Paul Donovan London
LEANDA DE LISLE (letters, 26 November) correctly admits the generally recognised atrocities of the terrorist Peruvian regime.
Ms de Lisle may well be an expert on Peru, but she is lamentably out of touch even with recent history in the north of Ireland.
"People aren't put in prison to enliven a wet afternoon," she says, and "It is grotesque to compare John Major with Alberto Fujimori."
No doubt, but can Ms de Lisle recall who was Prime Minister on the Sunday (bloody if not wet) when 13 innocent civilians in Derry were mown down by British army gunfire?
Has she read Fr Raymond Murray's carefully-documented The SAS in Ireland? john H Reid London