Letter: Defence of the realm

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The Independent Online
LIKE Andrew Marr I was reminded of "Protect and Survive" (the goverment's helpful leaflet on how to survive a nuclear war) when I was reading about anthrax attacks from Iraq.

I was just contemplating how this scare could be turned into a policy when Paul Beaver of Jane's Defence Weekly suggested on Radio 4 that the Territorial Army (apparently under threat from the Defence Review) could become a civil defence force.

But surely, our Trident nuclear weapon system is supposed to deter "rogue states" from threatening us with their weapns of mass destruction?

Time for a new defence policy, I think.

NIGEL CHAMBERLAIN

Penrith, Cumbria

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