We should learn from the US

I read the article from US-born Bonnie Greer with a wry smile ("You can teach us how to behave", 1 October). After more than 30 years of the modern troubles in Northern Ireland, terrorism in all forms still hasn't been beaten. We have arguably the most two-faced prime minister in history, who listens only to his own voice, going into battle against an unknown or unseen enemy, and commits his army to years of potential bloody warfare without thinking about the consequences at home and abroad. Bonnie, the US has nothing to learn from Britain. It should be the other way round.

Neville Collins
London N17

This article first appeared in the 15 October 2001 issue of the New Statesman, A nation in panic