TAMIL NADU

Iraq blasts

Sir, — Tuesday's blasts in Baghdad and Karbala, which claimed 150 lives, during the Ashura ceremony on the occasion of Muharrum are heartrending. This only shows that the coalition forces along with the newly recruited Iraqi police have failed miserably in safeguarding ordinary Iraqis' lives. Unless power is handed over to the Iraqis soon, such attacks are likely to continue.

D.B.N. Murthy,

Bangalore

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Sir, — Destruction of the very fabric of Iraqi society is leading to the uncovering of old resentments and prejudices. Only with the evacuation of the U.S.-led forces can peace be restored to a society pushed to the brink.

Husna Mohammad,

Vellore, T.N.

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Sir, — The attack on innocent worshippers is, to say the least, despicable. The needle of suspicion points to Al-Qaeda, which seems to have spread its tentacles throughout the world.

H.P. Murali,

Bangalore

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Sir, — It appears that the Americans are using the policy of divide and rule in Iraq. Such incidents were unheard of during Saddam Hussein's regime.

Anand Kumar,

Chandigarh