US presidential debate lacked energy

Readers give diverse opinions on the American presidential debate. Brendan Smialowski / AFP
Readers give diverse opinions on the American presidential debate. Brendan Smialowski / AFP

I only listened to the first 30 minutes of the debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump and I think Mr Trump zeroed in on the major issue of bringing jobs back to America and renegotiating trade deals (Clinton, Trump battle fiercely over taxes, race, terror in opening debate, September 27).

President Barack Obama spoke of bringing jobs back to America, but never executed any real plans to do so.

On the matter of energy and energy self-sufficiency, neither candidate spoke about a real strategy. Mrs Clinton spoke mainly about renewable energy but failed to talk about the domestic oil and gas industry, which employs thousands of people directly and indirectly.

What should have been debated was having a balanced energy policy that supports both renewables and non-renewables.

Randall Mohammed, Dubai

All Mr Trump proved is that he is incapable of following the simple protocol of a formal debate. If he can’t cope with that, he has no hope of ever coping with presidential responsibility.

Toby Masson, Dubai

For good or bad, Donald Trump will perhaps win the election to be the 45th president of the United States.

That is because he is clear, blunt and upfront about his political aims and views notwithstanding mainstream Democratic and other opposition.

On the other hand, Hillary Clinton is seen as devious and untrustworthy, with a husband who brought the entire American justice system into disrepute during the Monica Lewinsky scandal and his subsequent impeachment trial.

Who would you rather have as president – a successful businessman who is upfront with his often admittedly extreme views or a married couple who have for years used their respective positions for political gain and personal power?

The electorate demands clarity and honesty. They can get those attributes from “tell-it-like-it-is” Trump but rarely, if ever, from the “behind-closed-door” Clintons.

Name withheld by request

Peres’s legacy not all that great

Shimon Peres, who has just died, was born Szymon Perski in Wiszniew, Poland, in 1923 (Israeli ex-president and Nobel laureate Shimon Peres dies, September 28).

He was the son of a timber merchant who, after migrating to Palestine in 1934, became, arguably, one of the most influential political figures of Middle Eastern affairs in the 20th century.

However, far from being a “man of peace”, he was the primary instigator of the establishment of Israel’s covert nuclear weapons facility in Dimona in the Negev desert which he fooled the United States government of president John F Kennedy into believing was for peaceful purposes.

Subsequently, he was reportedly the primary force in conducting clandestine negotiations with the hated apartheid government of South Africa to supply it with nuclear weapons.

The activities of Peres in making Israel a secret nuclear weapons state are considered largely responsible for the destabilisation of the Middle East from 1948 to the present day. Without such nefarious international activities, the world would almost certainly be an entirely different place today.

Peres was also a leading member of the government that instigated the policy of illegal settlements in the occupied territories that is now such an intentional obstacle to peace. These so-called “facts on the ground” for which he claimed responsibility are the legacy of a politician who ignored the human and civil rights of the majority indigenous population for over 70 years.

Anthony Bellchambers, UK

Misleading property ads

The single best thing Rera could do for consumers would be to insist that photos accompanying advertisements are actually of the property being advertised (Real estate brokers in Dubai now need to gain approval for property ads, September 28). I’ve learnt through hard experience that more often the lovely view and spacious living room shown in the pictures are usually of some other flat, and sometimes it’s a flat in a totally different development. Absolutely false advertising.

Name withheld by request

Published: September 28, 2016 04:00 AM

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