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Rapid response to:

Education And Debate

Nuclear terrorismCommentary: The myth of nuclear deterrence in south AsiaCommentary: The psychology of terrorists

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 09 February 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:356

Rapid Response:

The State of Palestine


When are the Western media and political parties - the BMJ included
going to look at the Palestinian Israel conflict with fair eyes. In your
article 'The psychology of terrorists, you state:

'A quarter century of restrictions and retaliation has not lessened
the threat to Israel from violent Palestinian groups, and questions from
human rights organisations on the legality of that response have been

This is both persecutory and erroneous. Over three times as many
Palestinians have been killed in the last year as Israelis. In the first
few months it ws ten to one.

It's time to stop pussy footing around the likes of Ariel Sharon and
the immense Israeli lobbying groups and start listening to the facts.

G Smith

Competing interests: No competing interests

11 February 2002
G Smith