Letter: It was a war worth fighting

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The Independent Online
IT IS A strange notion that anyone should be put on trial for "the crimes they have committed" as Geoffrey Robertson QC says ("Only sanctions will force out Milosevic's gang", 20 June). The point of a trial is to establish whether a person has in fact committed crimes. The point of an investigation is to establish whether there has been a crime and reveal any evidence. Yet here too Geoffrey Robertson has uncanny prescience: he already knows that "the evidence for [Milosevic's] command responsibility will mount".

Robertson demands that the people of Yugoslavia be subjected to the same relentless torture of sanctions that has already killed over one million Iraqis. Perhaps, in his struggle for global justice, Geoffrey Robertson might begin to address responsibility for crimes against humanity that lies a little closer to home.


Woolton, Liverpool