The recent actions of the British government in suppressing a report revealing a cover-up on the part of the Royal Ulster Constabulary, the Protestant police force in Northern Ireland, with respect to the 1982 killing of six unarmed Catholics -- and in refusing to prosecute those involved in the cover-up -- again demonstrate the moral bankruptcy of British policy in Ulster. Clearly, the British government holds in utter contempt the two-year-old Anglo-Irish agreement concerning terrorism and the administration of justice in Ulster. Moreover, the actions of the British government indicate that the main thrust of its policy in the North continues to be the repression of the Catholic minority. Any misguided hopes that this had changed in recent years should now be fully dispelled.

The Post's tepid editorial {Feb. 13} on this matter was equally telling. By not vigorously condemning the British government's actions, The Post again showed the penchant of much of the American media for minimizing the atrocities in Ulster by the British, the RUC and the Protestant "defense" groups while emphasizing the terrorist actions of the Irish Republican Army. The Post's response would hardly have been equally as mild if the U.S. government had conducted an investigation into alleged government wrongdoing and concluded that such wrongdoing had occurred, but then suppressed the report on the matter and refused to prosecute those involved.