We all have become self-centered. Islam’s concept of nationhood is entirely different from the western ideals. One has to agree that now it is difficult to remove borders and abolish the concept of nation states but at least formation of a Muslim union is not a far-fetched idea. As far as the Rohingya Muslims are concerned, I urge the international community to provide these unfortunate people with temporary shelter. The reason behind calling for temporary shelter is that we don’t want to see yet another refugee population on the face of earth. It is the responsibility of the international community to get the Rohingya issue resolved at the earliest. Arakan or Rakhine is home to these people for centuries and nobody should be allowed to dislodge these people from their ancestral lands. Offering refuge will only help the stranded people temporarily. What will become of those still facing persecution of the Myanmar authorities and Buddhist nationalists terrorizing the Rohingya population? The world should move to resolve this issue once and for all. Temporary solutions will not prove very effective in the current global scenario.
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.
Ambassador of Venezuela