LETTER: Action not words

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Action not words

From Mr Geoffrey Best

Sir: I wonder how many besides myself are getting a bit tired of being told by Michael Dummett that we are moral slackers? Or, to use the expression in his letter of 5 April about BBC2's recent Yugoslavia feature, "dead of soul"?

I invite Professor Dummett to consider the possibility that it does less good in the long run to allow oneself to be worked up into a moralistic lather by whatever horror some bit of the media happens to make the sensation of the hour, than calmly to reckon what international political arrangements and which international humanitarian organisations are most likely to cut at the roots of such horrors and to deal effectively with them - and then to put our support, effort and money where intelligence, not passion, directs.

Yours faithfully,

GEOFFREY BEST

St Antony's College

Oxford

7 April

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