|Paddy Ashdown's reply to Sean Bryson's protest letter at the 1991 Gulf War|
My protest letter at the 1991 Gulf War is where my political journey started. Prior to this I was not a political person at all. The first political party that I belonged to was the Liberal Democrats, I joined in 1994. A couple of days after the 911 attack, when after what I had warned against had come to pass, I joined the BNP - British National Party.
Iranian crisis 2012
1991 Gulf War - Paddy Ashdown MP
The Rt Hon Paddy Ashdown MP
Mr S Bryson
Dear Mr Bryson
Thank you for your letter of 31 January, regarding the Palestinian issue. I commented on this recently at "Question Time" and stated that as regards the Palestinian / Israeli issue and the Iraqi / Kuwaiti issue there could be no doubt about double standards, even if there are others which ought to be considered as well. There are existing United Nations Resolutions requiring the withdrawal of Israel from the West Bank. These have not been obeyed and they should have been.
Furthermore, I have to say to you that though I do support Isreal when I think they are right, I certainly don't support them when I think they are wrong. And I believe their whole attitude to the intifada is both damaging their cause and, will, in the long run, threaten peace.
Thank you for writing on this vital issue.