Letter: Terrorism law

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The Independent Culture
Sir: However despicable it may be to bomb American embassies, terrorism is not practised by lunatics with nothing better to do; it arises from political frustration and repression. The American and British propaganda that pretends otherwise is a significant part of the problem.

Those bombs were a very small thing when set against the death and destruction caused by American foreign policy since the Second World War. Israel and Saudi Arabia are only two among many unpleasant regimes supported by the US in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and South America. The consequent torture and loss of life suffered by local civilians does not bear thinking about.

It is vital, therefore, that this country should remain a place where victims of brutal regimes can find sanctuary and express their views freely. They live in interesting times and what they have to say is interesting, if unpalatable.