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Colin's letter

For those having trouble logging on to the New York Times, here is the full
text of the letter.

To the Editor:

Re "U.S. and British Jets Strike Air-Defense Centers in Iraq" (front page,
Feb. 17):

The United States has lost the legal high ground that allowed it to build
the Persian Gulf war coalition. While Iraq withholds information about its
weapons programs and threatens neighbors, the United States supports
economic warfare against Iraqi civilians, and grants itself permission to
patrol and bomb Iraq at will. Consequently, the members of the 1990's
coalition now often oppose American policy.

President Bush has promised to deliver us from the previous
administration's mess. But by ignoring international law and allies in the
belief that complex international problems can be solved by looking tough,
Mr. Bush plays Saddam Hussein's game.

Brooklyn, Feb. 18, 2001

The writer is Iraq Sanctions Project coordinator, Center for Economic and
Social Rights.

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