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Paddy's Normal Home page From the Eastern Daily Press, Monday, February 10, 2003

Paper's stance pro-war

MARIE SMITHSON,
Marsh Road, Pilson Green,

I am disappointed the EDP has taken such a ori-war stance as shown in somerecent editorials although I was glad to see Mark Nicholls (February 1) appears to have more reasonable views.

In your editorial, January 30, you seemed to share Tony Blair's irritation over being grilled by "barracking backbenchers" and LibDems.

It is only right he should be grilled on such an important issue and the fact that, although the vast majority of peopel disagree with him, he is determined to back George Bush on his mission to attack Iraq.

A mere figleaf

Rev. Canon DEREK H ELTON,
Alfred Road, Cromer.

A second UN resolution, if it is obtained, will only give the two emperors a small figleaf to cover their nakedness. Their arguments have failed to justify the war.

And please, president and prime minister and everyone, think of the people who are going to be killed in the Middle East - thousands more than on September 11, 2001 - and the chaos that will be left.

- and my own comment:

A war without a UN resolution would be a war crime and would make both George Bush and Tony Blair subject to indictment as war criminals.

BUT - a resolution for war would itself be a clear breach of the UN Charter whose principles are laid down in Article 2 as:

All Members shall settle their international disputes by peaceful means in such a manner that international peace and security, and justice, are not endangered.

All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations. (my emphasis)

-- It is a pity that no government is apparently prepared to say "No war against Iraq can be justified unless Iraq attacks another country." AND that the first priority for the UN should be justice for the Palestinians.

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