Sir: Your leading article of 17 February on the Kurds and Turkey was despicable. The violence of a victim in attempting to recover a stolen purse and the violence of a mugger in retaining it are not morally equivalent: the violence of a nation seeking self-determination and freedom and the violence of those who would continue subjugation are not morally equivalent.
You have repeatedly supported the trial of Serb officials for human-rights abuses in former Yugoslavia. And your response to equally vicious, equally widespread, but more protracted abuse by the Turkish army? A fast track to membership of the EU.
Your position is not informed by morality but by sensitivity to the strategic alliances of the USA.