PUBLISHED : Thursday, 26 September, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 26 September, 1996, 12:00am

Milo Batoon (South China Morning Post, September 24) fancies himself as a political analyst when he makes sweeping statements like the US, 'has been training people around the world to destroy their own countries and fight their own governments'; the US sends 'people to train the Kurds to destroy Iraq, Iran and Turkey', and, 'trained rebels in the Philippines to wage war against the government'.

On which planet is Mr Batoon living? The US has an alliance with Turkey and it backs the UN in setting up safe havens for the Kurds. As for Mr Batoon's country, the Philippines, the US has been training the Philippine military to combat its rebels.