Policy will reap a bitter harvest
The vicious assault on the gas installation in Algeria should have come as no surprise.
The Arab Spring, so lauded in the west, is nothing short of disastrous.
This calamity is largely of our own making.
First, there was the Bush/Blair insistence about weapons of mass destruction which turned into a Pythonesque farce.
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There were no weapons of mass destruction and the removal of Saddam Hussein has led to large-scale unrest in Iraq.
The subsequent removal of Gaddafi and Mubarak in Egypt has created a vacuum of power now being fought over by rag-tag groups of heavily-armed militias, each with their own agendas.
Meanwhile, the civilian populations suffer mightily.
From Tangier to Alexandria, the whole north African coast is in flames.
The whole region is awash with weaponry, much of it supplied by China and Russia, but also a significant amount from western countries, including our own.
It is a policy of madness.
All of the deposed leaders had one thing in common. They all actively opposed Islamic extremism, including the Abbas regime in Syria, which we are now helping to destabilise.
With the swingeing reductions in our own military capabilities, it seems highly unlikely we will be able to contain the onward march of militant Islam.
We have helped to sow the seeds of revolution and we shall reap a bitter harvest.
Harold Varnam, Countesthorpe.
Humberstone Junior School is thinking of going for academy status.
As was only to be expected, there was opposition from councillors and the NUT. Why? Of what are the council and the NUT scared?
Both council and union would lose face and influence.
Lack of accountability is one reason given. That's rubbish. It will be the parents and governors who will decide and who will become accountable for the future success of their children.
That in itself will create a very strong sense of responsibility, something which both council and unions seem to have forgotten.
John Burrows, Humberstone.