Letter published in The Economist print edition 6-12-03

Letter published in The Economist print edition 6-12-03 following criticism of Bush and Blair over the apparent failure to discover weapons of mass destruction mentioned as one justification for preemptive action…

SIR- the prospect of a huge risk doesn’t require a very high probability before triggering the duty to act to prevent harm. In defense of your courageous prime minister and our common-sense president, to concede even a reasonable probability that someone of Saddam’s malevolence had any programmes for producing weapons of mass destruction justified an aggressive and timely intervention – particularly given Irag’s permeable borders and shady associations. Anything less would have constituted foreign policy malpractice.

Jay Gaskill

Alameda, California

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