United we stand

Updated 20 December 2015
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United we stand

This is with reference to the report “Support grows for KSA-led alliance against terrorism” (Dec. 20). The formation of the Islamic coalition to fight the menace of terrorism was a much-needed step. We are pleased that Saudi Arabia once again proved itself to be the unchallenged leader of the Muslim world by taking this historic initiative.
This may prove to be the first step toward the formation of an Islamic union. The western powers are only relying on issuing statements condemning terrorism and most of their military actions are selective or suitable to their interests. Due to these reasons, the situation in the Arab world is deteriorating rapidly. On the other hand, the western media and various politicians, without having a proper understanding of the phenomenon, are wrongfully linking terrorism with Islam. This needed to be countered and the Islamic alliance is the best answer to the West. The creation of this coalition had become very necessary to counter those forces, which are trying to gain a foothold in the region in the garb of fighting terrorism.
The Saudi Arabia-led Islamic coalition is in a better position to fight terrorist organizations plaguing the Muslim world. Being Muslims, members of the coalition are fully aware of the social and religious sensitivities of this part of the world thus eliminating any chances of unnecessary controversies.
It is high time Muslims took matters into their own hands and clean the mess on their own. Heavy reliance on foreign powers is not a good approach. Foreign powers will only act to protect their interests or to promote their interests. As we all know that there is no free lunch in international politics. Why should we expect the US, the UK or Russia to address our issues without gaining anything from it? The Islamic alliance should devise a comprehensive strategy to fight terrorism and all those elements hell bent on wreaking havoc in the Muslim world. — T. H. Suleiman, Jeddah


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