Reader's joy at story of rehabilitated turtles

Letters also comment on Swedish car maker, unworthy story, property show organisers, opinion piece, Muslims in Britain, torture methods and Nato's take on Syria.
Sharjah Museums Department and Ministry of Environment and Water officials photograph rehabilitated sea turtles released at the shore on Wednesday. The turtles proceeded - slowly - into the surf. Jaime Puebla / The National
Sharjah Museums Department and Ministry of Environment and Water officials photograph rehabilitated sea turtles released at the shore on Wednesday. The turtles proceeded - slowly - into the surf. Jaime Puebla / The National

I refer to David Booth's opinion piece It's time to turn off Saab's life support (June 2) and letters on the subject (June 7).

It is very interesting to read someone far from Sweden calling for Saab to die. But if the Dutch, Swedish, Russian or Chinese l want to invest in Saab, what does Mr Booth have to lose?

What the world has to lose is choice. Why stop at Saab? Why not let Alfa Romeo, Lancia and Lotus die, too? Soon we will all be driving Toyotas, VWs or BMWs. Does that sound like an exciting future?

Finally free of the GM shackles, Saab is actually developing a real Saab from the ground up, for the first time in 20 years. So, Mr Booth, please do everybody a favour and give Saab a chance to prove itself before you dismiss it.

Arild A, Dubai

'Sex slavery' didn't deserve coverage

Why did The National report (Kuwaiti woman makes case for concubines, June 6) on one woman's quest to set up a sex slave business in Kuwait?

Clearly she sought justification from whichever religious scholar would tell her what she wanted to hear. How many other scholars told her what she did not want to hear?

This sort of reporting is irresponsible. Every second day your newspaper reports on cases of rape or sexual slavery in this country. The vast majority of your readers are intelligent enough to recognise the immorality of the views expressed in the article, but there will be a minority who take it as justification for their own actions.

T O'Neill, Dubai

Vet companies before shows

I refer to your report Buyers beware, say property show organisers (June 8).

Shouldn't the show's organisers and Indian consular offices be concerned and directly involved in approving the participation of proper and disciplined companies in such shows?

This would save investors time and/or money.

Amit Bhattacharjie, Dubai

A precedent for subservience

In his column The US talks, but the Arab world has heard it all before (June 5), James Zogby expresses shock at the current US congressional display of subservience to a foreign leader - the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.

What a laugh! He wasn't shocked when there was a supermajority of Democrats in Congress, and Mexico's president was scolding American elected officials trying to stem the flow of illegal immigrants, mainly from Mexico.

Nicolas York, UK

Support only some groups

You reported (June 7) that Islamic groups that do not embrace 'British values' [are] to be targeted in UK.

I hope that organisations within universities which embrace our way of life will receive help.

I welcome Muslims joining multi-faith organisations and believe the former Labour Party government of the UK made a mistake in helping Muslim-only organisations.

Muslims are not the problem, but some Islamic organisations are.

Christopher Wintle, UK

Writer too quick to approve torture

I very much appreciate the balance contained in your article US debates rights and wrongs of 'enhanced interrogation' in fight against terror (June 8).

But I object to the use of Marc Thiessen as a source. This man should not enjoy any credibility, in my view. He was just the speech writer, who wrote President George W Bush's defences of the CIA's use of torture.

It is telling that he has made his career around disregarding the suffering caused by torture.

Name withheld by request


Many photos of the turtle races

I loved your Page One picture of all the Sharjah officials taking snapshots of the turtles they were releasing after rehabilitation (I'm going as fast as I can… June 9).

And it was a nice happy subject.

But here's what I want to know: did those officials all wait around in the heat until the turtles actually got into the water?

John Lockwood, Dubai

What is Nato waiting for?

Your story Syrian 'security force sniper' victims in Turkish hospitals (June 9) leads to an obvious question:

Where's Nato now? What, not enough oil there?

Donald Glass, Abu Dhabi

Published: June 10, 2011 04:00 AM


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