We are all war criminals

How encouraging it is, for one who is bitterly ashamed of Britain's role in the Balkans and elsewhere, to read the word "crimes" in the same sentence as the names "Clinton and Blair, Albright and Cook" (John Pilger, 20 August).

That Slobodan Milosevic was a vicious tyrant is unquestionable, but that so much is made of the search for secret or unrecorded evidence of his alleged crimes shows that his guilt is by no means self-evident. Even without any such evidence being published, however, it goes without saying that, for most people in Britain (including most media editors), Milosevic is guilty - a presumption antithetical to our principles of jurisprudence. By contrast, Blair and Cook broadcast their own crimes on the world's television screens for 78 consecutive nights in 1999, and even appeared live to boast about them, but the nation happily swallowed their propaganda, to the extent of re-electing their party by a landslide at the last general election.

Unfortunately, to categorise these moral derelicts as war criminals is not the end of the matter. Milosevic was a tyrant, which means that his people cannot reasonably be held responsible for his actions. But Clinton and Blair were the democratically elected leaders of free nations. When they committed war crimes, they made us all war criminals. That is what I cannot stomach.

James Heywood
London W11