Alliance with Russia

Updated 03 January 2015

Alliance with Russia

This is with reference to the article “Russia: Syria’s game changer” (Jan. 3) by Harun Yahya. The views of the writer make perfect sense. People following his articles would testify that he had been stressing the need for taking Russia onboard since the very beginning of the Syrian crisis. People criticizing the Russian support to Assad’s regime appear to be either biased toward Moscow or are not well-versed with the dynamics of international politics. In global politics, there is no concept of a free lunch. Every country has the right to protect its interest and to act accordingly. I would like to add a few things on this issue. With the fall of Soviet Union, the United States turned the entire world into its playground. We all now know the hazards of living in a unilateral world. I don’t wish to see another Cold War but Russia could prove to be a potent force to counter US’ unilateral policies. The Muslim world can play an effective role in ending Washington’s monopoly. That does not mean that Muslim countries should sever ties with the US but they should adopt a non-aligned approach and try to improve ties with Russia. They should give priority to their interests. Why should we harm our relations with Russia or China to please the West or to be more particular the US?
This should not be taken as anti-US rant. We should also not play as Russian satellites promoting Moscow’s interest. We should hammer out a strategy that gives us a good bargaining position on various issues. — Sharif Mujahid, Jeddah


Cartoon in bad taste

Updated 07 August 2017

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