Iran’s devastating goals

Updated 25 February 2017
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Iran’s devastating goals

This refers to the report “Iran ready to give US ‘slap in the face,’ says Revolutionary Guards” (Feb. 23). Iran has been challenging the US for a long time. It is apparent to the world that Iran is a rogue state and has sponsored terrorist activities in the Middle East through its proxies such as Hezbollah, the Houthis and its Shiite militias.
Iran has been on the wrong side, and instead of mending its ways it has challenged the US and threatened the Middle East region. The surprising factor is that Iran’s destructive policies are very obvious to Russia, and Russia has been working with Iran to create problems for innocent civilians in Syria. Iran and its proxies such as Hezbollah, the Houthis, and the Iranian Revolutionary Guards have the goal of spreading sectarianism and the Shiite sect globally, and so they have been attacking and killing innocent people. When Iran’s nefarious plan was divulged, the US was waiting to put Iran under severe economic sanctions. Its fascist proxies — Hezbollah, the Houthis, the Shiite militias and the Revolutionary Guards — should be devastated totally so that innocent people’s lives may be saved from them and their heinous acts.
The UN and the superpowers should declare Hezbollah, the Houthis and Shiite militias as terrorist factions immediately and all these destructive and fascist parties should be wiped from the face of the earth. The time has come that the US should not wait and give any more time so that Iran’s bad mouthing can be dealt with through stern economic sanctions. If economic sanctions do not work, then Iran’s missiles and drone systems should be destroyed immediately so that the Middle East countries may be safeguarded. Iran, more than any other country, is more dangerous to the growth, peace and progress of the Middle East. — Anees Lokhande, Jubail


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