Letter: In Brief

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The Independent Culture
Sir: Robert Fisk points out (report, 26 June) that the spiral of violence in Lebanon was initiated by the Israeli-controlled mortar attack on Qabriqa. The situation is reminiscent of 1982. Then, according to Mrs Thatcher, the frontier had been quiet for over a year. The Israelis made a minor attack which was played down. The Lebanese response was then made the excuse for the massive invasion of Lebanon.

It is hoped that Mr Barak will have learned from history although apparently Mr Netanyahu has not.

CHARLES HUGHES

Felixstowe, Kent

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