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Don't call Northern Ireland Troubles a 'war'

I MUST take issue with the habitual use of the word 'war' by Brian Rowan in his articles for the Belfast Telegraph. The problems that Northern Ireland endured could never be categorised as a war. Words like 'war' and 'combatants' are found in the vocabulary of those allegedly involved in the conflict.

I suggest the late Jimmy Nesbitt would have difficulty categorising the victims of the Shankill Butchers, or those who died at La Mon, as 'war' victims. Mr Rowan needs refer to the problems of Northern Ireland in language we all understand: Man's inhumanity to Man.

We don't need the buzzwords.

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