Nato's attack cannot be defended

Martin Shaw calls himself a professor, but he is really a propagandist (Letters, 22 November). His crude sophistry comes with the turf of defending Nato's wholly illegal, unnecessary and savage attack on Serbia and Kosovo, the truth of which is now unravelling fast.

His omissions are disgraceful: no mention of the 240,000 Serbs and gypsies "cleansed" from Kosovo under Nato auspices; no mention that the UN High Commissioner for Refugees' report makes clear that the exodus of ethnic Albanians was precipitated by Nato; above all, no mention that the International War Crimes Tribunal has admitted finding only a fraction of the bodies - 2,108 - that British and American politicians predicted, with their constant references to "genocide" and the Nazis. A gruesome toll that certainly is, but for Shaw to equate it with "every holocaust", such as the deaths of 250,000 East Timorese, more than one-third of the population, is a profanity.

John Pilger
London SW4

This article first appeared in the 29 November 1999 issue of the New Statesman, An explosion of puffery