Now they are talking!

Updated 16 November 2012
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Now they are talking!

Israeli forces killed 15 Palestinians including a child we did not hear any condemnation from the so-called world community. Now, three Israelis have been killed, three Israeli soldiers hurt and two rockets have hit near Tel Aviv, we hear lot of noises from the West. British Foreign Secretary William Hague has already blamed Hamas for escalating tension.

We will be hearing a very severe condemnation from Israel’s benefactor soon or by now it is already done. We don’t approve civilian deaths from any side but Nethanyahu must be thinking that an operation to kill as much Palestinians as possible would enhance his chances in the Israeli election for the Knesset.

He is also encouraged by the belief that Obama’s re-election was made almost a ‘cake walk’ for him by his part in the assassination of Osama Bin Laden and Netanyahu killed one of Hamas leaders, Ahmed Al-Jabari, few days ago. His government has also made a bold statement threatening to eliminate Mahmoud Abbas from the political scene but analysts have translated it as an indirect warning of the fate like what Al-Jabari met.

Has anyone from the West condemned this? No! They know when to talk and when to keep mum. — S.H. Moulana, Riyadh

 


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