The public ventilation of such attitudes by someone once proud to be regarded as a pillar of liberalism contributes, in no small way, to the erosion of tolerance in Europe and to the creation of a cynical atmosphere in which states can get away with actions that beforehand public opinion would never have allowed.
Abandoning the mostly blameless citizens of Northern Ireland to an undeserved fate at the hands of paramilitaries is something the British government might be contemplating - so Dr O'Brien tells us (9 July).
He opposes it, so do I. But he should be aware that the chauvinist and isolationist views he has promoted in this brave new Europe of ours shaped by the Bosnian disaster, bring a step nearer the vision that so appals him.
Department of Peace Studies
University of Bradford
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