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PUBLISHED : Sunday, 11 April, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 11 April, 1999, 12:00am
 

The latest in a series of insults added to injury comes from Tony Blair who claims that the whole world is behind Nato's aggression in Yugoslavia.


What a grand statement from a man who seems to have little knowledge of what his own people are behind, or has he just chosen to ignore their sentiments? I understand that the majority of the British population is against Nato intervention in Yugoslavia. Words cannot express how devastating it is, for all of us living abroad, to hear of our families' and friends' suffering, or even worse, wonder if they are still alive and for how long. It is just as devastating to watch the complete destruction of our country knowing that one day the rebuilding of it will be a painful financial burden for taxpayers (yet we all hope that that day will come sooner rather than later), while all those responsible for this tragedy, both in Yugoslavia and abroad, will no doubt manage to avoid any financial responsibility.


It is just as devastating to watch Slobodan Milosevic reinforce his position in power after so many of us tried so hard and for so long to put an end to his absolutism. In fact, we even asked the West for some help over this issue, but at that time, the West showed no interest in any intervention.


How disappointing Mr Blair's actions must be for all those British people who voted for him to lead their country, a country with a long-standing democratic tradition, only to realise that their Prime Minister does not take any notice of what they want. Similarly, in 1996, Mr Milosevic did not take any notice of what so many of his people wanted, or rather did not want.


IVANKA BOZINOVIC PEARSON Pokfulam

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