We must reject the sophistic evasions of those like Mike Gapes, MP (letter 1 June) who, in his phrase, would "favour withdrawal". Withdrawal would lead to further mass slaughter by Serb ethnic cleansing in pursuit of Milosevic's Greater Serbia, to immense damage in Islamic relations with the West and to a spread of real war throughout the Balkans, Those are scenarios no incisive intelligence can contemplate.
Andrew Marr's conclusion: "It would be better to paint the tanks green than to abandon them" (30 May) and that of your leading article: "We should not now give in to moral cowardice or cheap demagoguery" (31 May) are the proper response.
MP for Warley East (Lab)
House of Commons
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