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Conscientious, not cowardly

Julie Burchill (Comment, August 12) is right that the aid workers murdered in Afghanistan were brave and doing important work.

But her claims that all the people opposed to keeping British troops in Afghanistan are "appeasers" and "cowards" who think the aid workers were "asking for it" are ludicrous.

Soldiers such as Corporal Joe Glenton, who served in Afghanistan, have been jailed for refusing to return to a war they say is wrong. Glenton is no coward.

Another veteran told an interviewer: "All those people whose homes have been destroyed and sons killed are going to turn against the British ... if people are losing homes and poppy fields, they will go and fight. I certainly would."

This is supported by US intelligence reports, which estimate that 90% of the people Nato is fighting in Afghanistan are not Taliban, but people resisting what they see as foreign invasion.

DUNCAN McFARLANE

Carluke, Lanarkshire

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