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18 March 2011

CommentPlus: pick of the papers

The ten must-read pieces from this morning’s papers.

By Staff Blogger

1. The price of inaction in Libya is far too high (Times) (£)

If we don’t bomb Gaddafi’s tanks, says David Aaronovitch, Europe is likely to face a wave of refugees and a new generation of jihadis.

2. US and its allies are too late to help Libya (Financial Times)

The belated US decision to support calls for a no-fly zone is cynical, writes Max Hastings. Americans have no appetite for a Libyan adventure.

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3. The west still labours under the shadow of Iraq (Independent)

Mary Dejevsky says that political constraints are now placed on western action anywhere – especially in an Arab country – even when the cause seems unimpeachably just.

4. Why the Bahrain rebellion could prove calamitous for the west (Daily Telegraph)

Saudi Arabia’s support for the Gulf state risks drawing Iran into the conflict, writes Con Coughlin.

5. Quiet voices must be heeded to avert a future Fukushima (Guardian)

Alister Scott and Jim Watson argues that Japan’s disasters show us that false assurances are counterproductive. Risky technologies must be debated honestly.

6. The myth of the panicking disaster victim (Independent)

Johann Hari holds that in the aftermath of catastrophe, the vast majority of people behave as altruists, saving their fellow human beings.

7. Europe’s stand on Middle East peace (Financial Times)

Has the west got it right? Probably not, says Philip Stephens. Were there easy choices? No.

8. Labour’s tawdry smear tactics can’t disguise its absence of ideas (Daily Telegraph)

Ed Miliband will turn into another Kinnock unless he gets serious about the art of opposition, warns Peter Oborne.

9. Domestic economy (Times) (£)

The objective of stimulating growth remains vital, says this leading article, but the Chancellor must recognise that household budgets are suffering.

10. Another growth strategy; politics as usual (Financial Times)

History repeats itself, says Samuel Brittain: for decades the UK has followed the same irregular cycle.