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Archbishop warns cluster bombs taint terror response; WAR PROTEST: Allies should not stoop to tactics of their enemies.

Byline: TOBY MASON Political Correspondent

THE Archbishop of Wales may have damaged his chances of becoming the next Archbishop of Canterbury by describing the war against terrorism as "tainted" and "confused", and saying that the West "must not reproduce the tactics of our enemies".

The Most Rev Dr Rowan Williams makes the claims in a new book, Writing in the Dust: After September 11, in which he delivers a scathing verdict on the Western response to the atrocities.

Dr Williams says the "war on terrorism" is becoming an embarrassment because of a lack of focus among Western leaders on the aims.

He writes, "There is a fine line between the crippling of military and aircraft installations and the devastating of an infrastructure with a halfformed aim of destroying morale.

"Combine that with the use of antipersonnel weapons such as clusterbombs . . . and the whole enterprise is tainted."

He is the most senior Anglican bishop to speak out against allied actions in Afghanistan.

Last night his spokesman said the Archbishop stood by the comments in his book, as a reflection on the morality of the military response, particularly with regard to civilians.

"The purpose of the book is to examine how we react to the challenges to our faith raised by extreme and murderous violence."


DEEPLY CONCERNED: Archbishop Rowan Williams at his home near St Woolos Cathedral, Newport, yesterday Picture: Nick Treharne
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jan 21, 2002
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