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No alternative to UN response

Those who rush to criticise the UN's mandate in Libya should realise that there is revolution in the air throughout the region.

The UN has thrown down the gauntlet before the oppressive regimes which might flinch from allowing orderly transitions to democracy. Now every dictatorship knows peaceful rebellions cannot be ruthlessly stamped out.

The Mediterranean is all that is between Europe and a whole string of dodgy dictatorships on its southern and eastern shorelines, so isolationist policies are increasingly imprudent.

The alternative to having the UN help to unseat those dictatorships is for al Qaeda to do it.

Paul Dunwell, Alton, Hampshire


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