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British cardinal joins call for US restraint

Religious leaders in Britain are urging the US to exercise restraint in responding to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon.

Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor, Archbishop of Westminster and Dr Jonathan Sacks, Britain's chief rabbi, are urging the US to seek wise counsel and to act with precision.

Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor said world leaders will want to take actions in response to this that will not lead to greater evils.

He said: "Those who have committed this terrible crime and are responsible for it must be brought to justice, of that there is no doubt, and I think it is in that sense that all of us understand the righteous anger of the United States."

He added: "But, I think, how that justice is brought about is the key question. It is easy to say this, but never was there a time over the past many, many years when wise counsel is needed and I think that here in Britain we are in a good position .. to give wise counsel as a very close ally of the United States."