U.S. has no right

Sir, — While not mincing words in warning the United States against using force on Baghdad, the Prime Minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee, did not fail to exhort Iraq that it should, on its own, destroy deadly weapons without any intervention from foreign countries. It is a paradox that the U.S., which exterminated tens of thousands of lives in Hiroshima and Nagasaki within hours, has donned the mantle of protector of humanity. The U.S. forfeits its moral right to advise any country unless it destroys its own weapons. Every country has the right to demonstrate its military power so that other hostile countries will be cautious before launching an attack.

It is beyond one's comprehension as to why the U.S. gets disturbed when comparatively weaker countries such as India conduct nuclear weapon tests.

V.E. Venkataramani, Chennai