News Item from the Eastern Daily Press, Thursday, November 25, 2004:
Having observed the two-minute silence on Remembrance Day, last week, I returned home and read the EDP.
It provided a deep sense of sadness as I read your nasty little sneer at "armchair liberals" (Leader, Nov 11_. Among those "liberals" there are former members of the second world war's Bomber Command, the 14th Army, and the "D-Day Dodgers".
From day one the EDP and its political editor, Chris Fisher, have adhered rigidly tot he line set by the Prime Minister: you said that Iraq was awash with WMDs, that we would be greeted as liberators, that we would find hundreds of mass graves and that civilian casualties would be kept to a minimum.
All this proved false.
You then said that the invasion had been authorised by UN Resolution 1441, in order to affect regime change. Again false. Later you said that the Attorney-General had judged the invasion to be lawful but we were not allowed to read that judgement.
If what you said had been true, then surely Iraq would now be a fully functioning, prosperous democracy, rather than a devastated war zone,
Eighteen months ago we watched President Bush on the deck of an aircraft carrier telling us the major hostilities were over.
Now we are told the "second war" has started. Who authorised that?
Fallujah is to be destroyed in an act of "pacification".
Those who drop 500lb bombs or fire 100 bullets a second are "pacifiers" Women and children killed are "obviously terrorists". Decent, civilised people the world over watch in revulsion as the United States, with the full support of the British Government, "pacifies" an Islamic "Guernica", which will prove, eventually, a pathway to hell for both our nations.
You editorial (November 10) about the now late Yasser Arafat is written as though huge numbers of Israeli settlements on the West Bank did not exist.
If the Americans really wanted to reduce the threat of Islamic extremism, they should have put some real distance between the US and Ariel Sharon's Israel.
The mess in Iraq is linked to the duplicity between Washington and Sharon. Justification appears to lie in the Bible, but in the 21st century we have to live in the world as it is - or should be - now.
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