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The hostage crisis as seen by citizens

The Telegraph has posted 1400 letters online, mainly from British and American citizens responding to the Iranian seizure of British sailors and marines, operating under UN mandate. The letters also come from citizens in Europe and the Mideast and Iran. Even John Stuart Mill, liberal advocate of voting rights for women and author of On Liberty, makes an appearance. Even Rumi.

The vast majority feel that aggression cannot be appeased and that the West's dependence on oil is utter folly. Whatever view you take, it is a fascinating forum. This is a new world in which citizens separated by oceans can immediately read each other's thoughts.

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