• Kobe, Hyogo


Regarding Leonard M. Orosco’s Dec. 24 letter, “Caving in to U.S. pressure“: I would have thought it blindingly obvious from my Dec. 13 letter that British Prime Minister Tony Blair, after having ignored the wishes of the overwhelming majority of the British people not to go to war in Iraq, forfeits any claim to be acting as a democratically elected leader.

Maybe this, ipso facto, explains why Blair succumbed to U.S. pressure, especially as the U.S. administration seems to be turning away from due process, habeas corpus, freedom from arbitrary arrest, and all the rest of the trivial libertarian baggage that crossed the Atlantic from Britain.

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