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|Pinter: 'Don't Go to War'
- 'Terrorism is the language of despair,' say playwright and eight other leading British cultural figures
NINE famous, politically committed British actors and artists have come together to argue that there should be no military campaign against Afghanistan or other countries thought to harbouring terrorists.
Leading playwright Harold Pinter, Only Fools and Horses star Roger Lloyd Pack and artist Maggi Hambling are among those urging western leaders to draw back from the brink of war.
"Terrorism cannot be defeated by bombs, bullets or secret intelligence," a letter to the Daily Telegraph signed by the nine says. "Terrorism is the language of hatred and despair. Out of the carnage and rubble of a new crusade will come new terrorists, even more desperate and ruthless than before."
The letter points to the already dire situation in Afghanistan and Iraq, where millions have died through civil war, famine and the effects of economic sanctions.
The others to sign the letter are: Lynn Farleigh, Merlin Holland, Bryony Lavery, Jehane Markham, Kika Markham and Corin Redgrave.