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How should one deal with the mistakes, nonsense and non sequiturs in Barry Ward’s Jan. 7 letter, “U.S. seems unable to learn“? First, I am not a citizen of the United States, as Ward wrongly assumes. Nor did I offer any view, let alone an “adolescent” one, on “Middle East politics,” per se, in my Dec. 24 letter, “Caving in to U.S. pressure.”

Ward still can’t explain why Britain went to war in Iraq, so he cops out with the nonsensical statement that British Prime Minister Tony Blair “forfeits any claim to be acting as a democratically elected leader.” That claim arises from Blair’s party having prevailed in the most recent British general election — held after the Iraq war had commenced.

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