Letter: Serbia's obsession

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Sir: As a criminal psychologist I believe that Nato has made a dreadful mistake. The psychological profile of people such as Slobodan Milosevic was obvious even to the lay person. Such personality traits do not disappear when confronted - it is usual for them to react in an extreme manner such as we have seen with the heightened ethnic cleansing in Kosovo.

I simply cannot understand how such a miscalculation can have occurred. Confronting a violent personality with an aggressive response coupled with open threats will always spell disaster.

As for the captured American servicemen, I am sure that they would fare better if Nato ceased making ill-thought-out comments about their safety. If I were captured by Mr Milosevic I would sincerely hope that Nato would keep their opinions to themselves lest they should exacerbate the crazed actions of an already borderline personality disorder.

Dr M E ADELE

Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire

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