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Margaret Thatcher backed terrorism too

With less than four weeks to go before the election, words of support for the IRA by Jeremy Corbyn, spoken years ago, have once again been shouted from the rooftops by the right-wing media.

If they have any integrity, the Sunday Times, Daily Mail and others would give equal prominence to Mrs Thatcher's support for the Islamist fanatics who brought down the communist government of Afghanistan.

One of them, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, she invited to London in 1986 and praised as a freedom fighter. He was known for throwing acid in women's faces.

She also welcomed Abdul Haq to Britain. He had ordered a bombing in Kabul which killed 28 people, most of them students.

Corbyn, at most, gave moral support to the IRA; Mrs Thatcher supported the Afghan Mujahideen with money and guns.

BRENDAN O'BRIEN

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