JOHN CARLIN claims in his flattering profile of Madeleine Albright that on account of her wartime experiences at a Home Counties girls boarding school, "she will not brook the prospect of little children cowering from bombs and missiles under steel tables. Anywhere." ("She who knows tyranny", Section 2, 8 February.)

How does he know this? Presumably it is precisely what Iraqi children will be doing if her government unleashes the "swift and forceful" response that she promises.

The first victim of war is logic. And the second victim of war is civilians.

David Gill

Oxford

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