Letter: Strike on Iraq

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As it becomes evident that, other than in Washington and Whitehall, there is little enthusiasm for a military strike on Iraq, there is a growing wish to find convincing arguments other than the need to ensure compliance with post-Desert Storm resolutions.

Hence the new emphasis by President Clinton and Tony Blair that the real purpose of military action is to protect Iraq's neighbours from a future attack from Saddam Hussein. If so, it does seem a little odd that all but one of these neighbours, Kuwait, which is in no position even to criticise American policies, are against military action.

Sir FREDERIC BENNETT

Aberangell, Powys

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