Letter: Prolonging the conflict

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The Independent Online
Sir: The opinion expressed by Malcolm Rifkind and others that arming the Bosnian Muslims would only serve to prolong the conflict (report, 15 April) sounds uncomfortably familiar to those of us who lived through the Second World War. This was precisely the argument put forward by the American isolationists before Pearl Harbor. To help Britain in any way would only postpone our inevitable defeat and thus prolong our misery.

President Roosevelt took a different view, and the conflict was indeed prolonged. Does anyone regret this now?

Yours faithfully,

GAI EATON

Purley,

Surrey

15 April

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