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Harsh reality of what it means to support war

When we support war we must be clear in what we are actually sanctioning.

It means the breakdown of the rule of law in the country where the war is being waged. It means the colleral damage from munitions's use - both from 'mistakes' and from recklessness. It usually means that freedom and democracy is curtailed for generations. A country at war attracts all manner of mercenaries.

Cynthia McKinney, former Congresswoman and presidential candidate, has spoken of the rebel army in Libya being made up of "people from all over the region... Egyptians, and Algerians".

It is clear that Nato has exceeded its mandate regarding Libya. Protecting civilians has become arming the rebel army.

It has led to the bombing of Gaddafi's compound. It has led to the support of militiamen who previously fought in Iraq against the Allies. In supporting war, we are in fact supporting chaos and the diminishing likelihood of anything positive taking place.

Tyranny begets tyranny.

LOUIS SHAWCROSS

Hillsborough, Co Down

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