To the letters Editor of The Times for publication:
Let's put ourselves in the place of the people in the Middle East as they watch the Americans firing artillery shells at their mosques in Fallujah.
This is equivalent to us in England watching Muslims shelling Salisbury Cathedral. Even our atheists would not be happy about this.
We can only begin to guess at the hatred that this is building up towards our British service personnel in Iraq who are allied with the Americans.
In the published letter, the editor added "I presume" to the sentence "Even our atheists would not be happy about this."
November 20, 2004
To the Letters Editor of The Times:
Many readers seem to miss the main thrust of my previous letter. By asking me what I would do if a sniper was firing at me from a mosque?
The British and American ambassadors, experts on the Middle East, who wrote letters pleading with politicians not to go in with all guns blazing knew this is exactly what would happen. Sadly they were written off by many as the "Camel Corps" who thought like Laurence of Arabia.
The people in the Middle East have been taught the truth about the crusades. A very different version to what we have been taught in the West. Millions saw on television news an American padre urging on the marines to kill the bad guys over there because "we have God on our side." Yes, the mullahs are doing exactly the same thing with their fighters. Whether we like it or not we have got mixed up in a religious war.
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Sent: Thursday, November 18, 2004
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I am from the US and read your letter in the Times. Many of us here cannot imagine what life must be like for Iraqi civilians as they watch their country reduced to rubble in a war they did not provoke, for a cause they cannot understand.
Thankfully 55 million Americans voted for change, but alas, not quite enough numbers to get the job done.
Holliston Mass. USA
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