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Strength in numbers
Date: 17 March 2003
Sir - Our Prime Minister has it within his power to prevent the impending slaughter of innocent Iraqi women and children by agreeing with France, Germany and Russia that force is not an option. Without allies to hide behind, the United States may think better of war and accept a policy of conditional, strident containment for Iraq.

From:
Air Cdre Duncan Allison (rtd), Carlisle, Cumbria
 
Where's the opposition?
Date: 17 March 2003
Sir - It now seems that a second UN resolution will not be tabled, as it will not be passed. Consequently, Tony Blair is trying to convince us that the existing resolution, 1441, always offered sufficient scope for war.

Such a massive policy U-turn by the Government hands the Opposition fantastic ammunition, yet Iain Duncan Smith has offered Mr Blair his support. Only the Liberal Democrats question the international legality of military aggression without UN support.

The saddest fact is not that Britain is effectively sidelining the UN, but that we have no effective opposition. Any opposition will be soon deemed "unpatriotic" and be stifled, because our troops will be in battle.

Now is the time for opposition to be vociferous, before the fighting starts.

From:
Garry Honey, Esher, Surrey
 
US promoting corruption
Date: 17 March 2003
Sir - If any one nation is undermining the credibility of the UN, surely it is the United States, which is openly offering the smaller Security Council nations more aid in return for their votes.

If the UN is to survive, smaller nations must feel free to vote according to their conscience and not under the threat that they might be putting a future aid programme in jeopardy.

From:
Don Moir, Malindi, Kenya
 
New York dissent
Date: 17 March 2003
Sir - New York's city council last week approved a resolution opposing war with Iraq, except as a last resort after other options have failed.

Considering that New York citizens were the hardest hit by the attacks on September 11, this surely undermines the Bush/Blair claims justifying a war against Iraq because of Saddam's alleged support for al-Qa'eda.

If George W Bush can't even get support in New York, why should the UN back a pre-emptive strike ?

From:
Martin Boucher, Leeds
 
Bush to Hague?
Date: 17 March 2003
Sir - If in the coming attack on Iraq just one innocent human being, of whatever nationality, is killed, and no weapons of mass destruction are found, will the persons responsible - Tony Blair and George W Bush - be ranged alongside Slobodan Milosevic in The Hague for crimes against humanity?

From:
Peter Rylance, Brussels
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Redundant revelations
Date: 17 March 2003
Sir - Following the revelation (report, Mar 13) that Iraq has developed an unmanned drone aircraft that can fly for 90 miles, I can reveal that plans for this machine were given away free to readers of Aeromodeller magazine in the April issue of 1988. No doubt our security services will be able to search that magazine's archives to determine if Saddam was a subscriber.

From:
Alex Pincus, Buxted, E. Sussex