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February 15, 2013

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Thats great, Paul. I'm glad to hear they met with your expert approval.

Paul Flynn

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In 1997 in the first version of the book I asked for amendments or addition to the ten commandments. Yours are the first I have received. They are great. I agree with them all. One day their may be a third version. I will these on file and use them with full acknowlegedments of course.

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I'm glad to hear your book is popular with those who need to read it most. Your list of commandments are well thought out and follow your extensive experience. I will add some of my own commandments if I may, some of which overlap with your own:

*Realise that your decisions can result in pointless deaths of innocent people abroad.

*The poorest deserve help and are every bit as worthy as anybody else.

*Never vilify the vulnerable. A civilised society should not vilify those who rely on the assistance of others.

*Treat others as you would your nearest and dearest and strive for their interests.

*Don't be afraid to be a lone voice.

*Appoint and support colleagues who are genuinely the best person for the role not just the most popular.

I'm sure I'm asking too much though. I wanted to condense it into only one commandment but the list kept growing.

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