Letter: Troops must go in

Sir: The Independent was sinking to gutter press standards when it printed "War in Europe ... smart travellers know that global events can result in holiday bargains" (Your Money, 1 May). Next to a picture of a riotously happy woman in a bikini, the article raved that "because of the Kosovo troubles, bookings in Greece have slumped ... Your pound will go a long way".

It is going to be a long time before we can rebuild the bridges between nations which are being destroyed by this war. Please, don't reinforce the stereotype of Westerners as greedy, superficial and self-obsessed. We have enough of a struggle on our hands to shed that image as it is.

KAREN GRANT

Amsterdam

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