Letter: Balkan problems

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Sir: We now have confirmation of genocide in Kosovo. We saw the American missile attacks (backed by the UK) on Sudan and Afghanistan to punish "terrorists". Why is the West reluctant to take similar action in the Balkans? The answer to many people is that the Sudanese and Afghans are Muslims, that there are double standards at work.

Your readers should not then be surprised if this Western action - or inaction - encourages more Muslims to believe that perhaps Osama bin Laden's is the only answer the West understands.

Professor AKBAR S AHMED

Cambridge

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