Letter: Only human

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The Independent Online
Sir: Richard Dawkins (letter, 8 March) should not attribute suicidal violence by Hamas bombers to religious teaching. As a biologist he must know that there is plenty of evidence of the reckless behaviour of males in many species.

The Prophet of Islam instructed his followers not to attack women or children, not to fight non-combatants and not to kill with fire, "the punishment reserved to God". If some Muslims have found pretexts to go against these instructions, it is as human beings and not as Muslims.

P J Stewart

Oxford

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