Double standard

Updated 01 December 2012
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Double standard

President Obama said, “There is no country on earth that would tolerate missiles raining down on its citizens… .” Of course he was saying this is in defense of the US’ favorite ally in the ME, Israel. While US sponsored missiles rained down on the babies, women and elderly in Gaza, Obama reiterated his solid support for Israeli “self-defense.”

What has President Obama to say about Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and Afghanistan, where innocent civilians have to contend with drones raining down death and destruction from the sky? These drones are controlled by Americans, thousands of miles away. President Obama is right. No country should tolerate missiles raining down on its citizens.

Does this apply only to Israel and not to Gaza and the rest of the world? The evident double standard is glaring! If only President Obama could see it. — Muhammed, Al Khobar


Cartoon in bad taste

Updated 07 August 2017
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Cartoon in bad taste

I wish to use my “right of reply” to complain about the unfortunate caricature that appeared on Aug. 5, 2017, in your well-known newspaper. The cartoon represents President Nicolas Maduro sitting on a military tank and a hand coming out of the tank’s cannon writing on a book titled “New Constitution.” Such a caricature is offensive to my country.
What the caricature seems to imply is that President Maduro wants to rewrite a new constitution with the power of arms. This is totally false. It is immoral to give your readers such a forged image of Venezuela and its constitutionally- and democratically-elected government.
The revision of our constitution, which is among the best in the world, is mainly to reinforce it and make it more adaptable to the new times. It is not an imposition of our president; it has been backed by more than 8 million Venezuelans and has the objective of re-establishing the peace process that has been trampled by a violent opposition backed by interested foreign countries that pretend to give orders to our sovereign populace.
I fail to understand why some international media report fake news about my country, with the purpose of undermining our sovereignty, and the people of Venezuela’s absolute right to decide, in a free and independent manner, how it wants to conduct its internal affairs.
I invite your newspaper to inform about our country with the truth and the same respect that we, in Venezuela, treat to our brothers of Saudi Arabia.

Joseba Achutegui
Ambassador of Venezuela
Riyadh
Saudi Arabia