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Under criminal law, it is unlawful to supply a weapon to another person. Someone can even be complicit in murder if they supply the murder weapon. Why, then, should these laws not apply to governments supplying arms to terrorists?

We're encouraged to believe that Isis is more extreme than other terrorist armies and, therefore, this justifies the West's arming of other terrorists. Does this mean that if an even more extremist militant group is identified by the West, the West is justified in arming Isis? It's nonsense.

Someone please explain to me how Isis can be more extreme than groups which fly aeroplanes into buildings (al-Qaida), or throw postal workers to their deaths off postal buildings (Free Syrian Army), or plant car bombs in crowded areas in 'false flag' operations (SAS and their US counterparts), or bomb cities into rubble (Nato's destruction of Sirte)?

But, due to this deception, the West is now arming the Kurds – the very same people the West abandoned in 1991 after encouraging them to revolt; the very same people Turkey was attempting to annihilate during the 1990s with Western arms and Western complicity in a campaign which killed tens of thousands of Kurds and created millions of refugees.

How long will it be until the Kurds are hung out to dry again, when the mainstream media is no longer interested in their tragic plight (as in the 1990s)?

Not too long, no doubt.

LOUIS SHAWCROSS

Hillsborough, Co Down

Where is famed US ‘war on terror’ in Iraq?

America has spent years and billions of dollars fighting a “war on terror” with at best spurious evidence. Remember those WMDs they knew were there, but never found?

Now we have real terrorists, flying their own flag and taking over territory in Iraq and Syria, but America and it allies are doing virtually nothing to combat them.

How ironic. And how sad.

NAME AND ADDRESS SUPPLIED

Is Galloway ban for Jews only?

George Galloway, Respect MP for Bradford East, has called for his constituency to be an “Israel-free zone”; one in which no Israelis are welcome.

Does this include, I wonder, the 1.6 million Israeli Arabs of Muslim and Christian persuasion? Or does Mr Galloway refer only to Israeli Jews?

UNA MARRON

Saul, Co Down

PM is trading in hypocrisy

David Cameron likes to portray himself as defender of British sovereignty in dealings with the European Union.

But, at the same time, he is pushing for a trade deal between the EU and the US which hands our sovereignty over to multinational companies.

This deal would allow big companies to sue governments, including ours, over decisions that might affect their future profits.

Similar deals already in operation have led to the Egyptian Government being sued for introducing a minimum wage and the Australian Government for deciding cigarettes should be sold in plain packaging.

Our Government should be able to make decisions in the interests of the people, without fear of being hit for billions of pounds by a company that doesn't like the decision.

I'm campaigning with the World Development Movement to stop the EU-US trade deal.

It's a campaign we need to win for the sake of our democracy.

BRENDAN HARVEY

Belfast

Let drug mules stew in own juices in Peru

Gerard Ferran (Write Back, August 15) sounds a very balanced person — with a chip on both shoulders.

He is totally wrong in thinking that the Michaella McCollum row is an Irish vs unionist debate.

The real issues are twofold. First, Michaella McCollum lied and tried to blame others for her predicament. Second, she was a drug-smuggler, in my opinion the lowest form of human life.

Look at the young Protestants and Catholics who’ve died at the hands of local dealers. If she must return it should be at the expense of her travelling nation: Ireland. Melissa Reid should also remain in Peru, despite her British passport. Both should serve their time in the country of the crime.

REALIST

Portrush, Co Antrim

We must learn from star’s death

The death of Robin Williams continues to provoke debate, even as his fans worldwide accept the reality of his passing.

Everyone has their favourite movies, but I especially liked his performances in What Dreams May Come, with its depiction of what the afterlife might be like, and Jakob the Liar.

I treasure scenes in the latter movie in which his character pretends he's receiving news (from a non-existent hidden radio) about advancing allied armies drawing closer by the day, giving hope to the oppressed Jews in the ghetto, for whom hope could mean the difference between life and death.

People close to Robin Williams have asked that he be remembered for his creative genius.

Perhaps his life, and death, will also serve as a reminder that hope needs to be kept alive, and that whatever the problem, suicide is not the answer.

JOHN FITZGERALD

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