Dangerous military decisions

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 13 May, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 13 May, 1999, 12:00am

Killing innocent people is plain wrong, no matter how we interpret the causes.

A person cannot say, 'My life is more precious than yours.' What really matters is respect for every life.

If we find the ethnic cleansing in Kosovo by Yugoslavia to be unacceptable, then it is only logical that we find Nato's bombing of the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade, equally unacceptable.

Think about those civilians who have died as a consequence of 'accidental' bombing by Nato.

How would readers feel if members of their family were among the dead? I wonder if they would just dismiss it by saying something like, 'It is a tragedy, but we must continue with the bombing.' What sort of message is Nato sending by acting without UN approval? Will other military alliances and juntas follow suit in the future? No one can have all the facts. And we should not jump on Nato for everything that happens.

However, excuses for civilian deaths, like 'faulty bombing', 'wrong intelligence' and 'old maps' are unacceptable.

Nato is trying to play down the fact that it is making dangerous military decisions which are leading to innocent people getting killed.

A just cause must be pursued by the use of justifiable methods.

NEVIN YUNG Kowloon I would just like to convey my deepest sympathies to the families of the three people who died in the Nato bombing of the Chinese Embassy in Yugoslavia.

It is such a terrible, tragic waste.

When I learned of the bombing, I felt ashamed to be associated with the United Kingdom.

WENDY GIBBS Motherwell, Scotland