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Tuesday, January 21, 2003

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Regime change is unclear territory

Re: "Screw Lennon," Jan. 15



To the Editor:

I won't respond to the "damn you peaceniks for giving us peace" part of Steven Allen's letter, which accused the editors of "spiteful peace-mongering." His facile suggestion that we should vanquish Iraq and North Korea because we have the might is not just morally repugnant, it's absurdly short-sighted.

The last time there was a war in Korea, its now-nuclear neighbour was drawn into the conflict. I would think that we have some more recent historical evidence that even America is not immune to the ire of Middle Eastern extremists. As for Saddam Hussein's transgressions of international law, would he care to identify what precept of international law authorizes forcible regime change in another sovereign country?

Miles Hastie
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