Letter: Iraq's Blitz spirit

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Sir: Having just read about Britain's latest policy towards Iraq, I suggest that Tony Blair commission a new "tough and tender" bomb. Such a bomb would carry food and medicines as well as the more traditional destructive warhead. Both the humanitarian and the military destinations would be programmed into the missile, which could then make a detour around any local hospitals or children's homes on the way to its final destination.

An emergency do-it-yourself medical facility could be added (with instructions in Arabic) for any unfortunate victim of collateral damage. In this way the "tough and tender" bomb would accurately target its intended recipients in addition to fostering the spirit of self-help.

The bomb would not only encapsulate the principles of this government but could also provide valuable export revenue if properly marketed.

I hope the powers that be are listening.


Teddington, Middlesex