Letter: In Brief

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The Independent Culture
Sir: The Archbishop of Canterbury's comments that recent air strikes on Iraq were a "sad necessity" ("Carey backs the use of force", 23 December) seem singularly inappropriate, given both his office and the Christmas season. I had thought that the time of Christian leaders sanctioning wars were far behind us in a less civil-ised age.

Perhaps at this time of peace and goodwill to all men Dr Carey would be wise to confine his message to safer Christian themes such as "thou shalt not kill" and leave the approval of such matters to the conscience of our elected representatives.

MARK WOODWARD

London E15

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