Letter: No cheap victory

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The Independent Culture
Sir: Let me see if I understand Robert Fisk's reasoning ("Was it rescue or revenge?", 21 June).

With 60,000 Yugoslav troops and equipment virtually unscathed by Nato bombing, the only real casualties were civilian. This all could have been avoided through a ground war. A ground war would have been a simple piece of cake against a mere 60,000 troops. No civilians would have been killed and no houses destroyed in the village-to-village, house-to-house fighting - just as no civilians were killed and no houses destroyed when the allied ground forces waltzed across France and Germany during the Second World War.

I do agree with him that Europe should get its act together, but until it does, why write with poisoned pen about Nato and the United States? They seem to be the only act in town.

HERBERT SHORT

London SW15

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