Too much misplaced excitement

A glimpse of a celebrity is not worth enduring a potentially dangerous crowd, a reader says. Other letter topics: home design, Iraq, the Palestinians' reaction to September 11, vending machines and Tripoli.

A reader is sceptical whether seeing Bollywood stars was worth the bother on Wednesday. Pawan Singh / The National
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Terrorists have struck in India once again, this time at the High Court in New Delhi (PM Says India must 'stand united' after terrorist attack kills 11 in Delhi, September 8).

It seems that with each attack the terrorists are getting bolder, since the authorities are unable to pre-empt the attacks or apprehend the killers afterwards.

People are losing confidence in the government machinery to protect citizens.

It is ridiculous that there were no CCTV cameras at the High Court. By neglecting such rudimentary precautions, we are inviting the terrorists to strike at will.

Rajendra K Aneja, Dubai

In spite of past experiences, the Indian government has failed to stop the latest attacks.

While the investigation is going on, the loss is irrecoverable. Lack of security and incompetence are the main attributing factors for this tragic incident. I pray for the victims and speedy recovery for the injured.

K Ragavan, India

Not 'modern' to omit conservation

It was refreshing to read, in your report Dubai home shows an ultra-modern approach to Arabic architecture (September 8), about so much creativity.

However, at the same time I was surprised that there was not even a mention of energy conservation or solar-technology integration.

These factors would have made this house far more ground-breaking.

Ahmet Kianin, Dubai

Don't blame US for Iraq killing

I refer to 9/11 remembered: invading Iraq was a 'foolish fantasy' (September 7).

Iraq's brutal Shiite-Sunni tit-for-tat had nothing to do with America's liberation of Iraq from the tyranny of Saddam Hussein and his clan. For the last 100 years the Sunni minority ruled and oppressed the Shiite majority and ethnic Kurds.The Americans could have done a much better job in managing post-liberation Iraq, but the vicious violence was the making of local extremists.

No such mess took place in the Kurdish part of Iraq which continues to enjoy peace and prosperity, albeit under threat from jealous and sullen neighbours.

Shamal Karim, Abu Dhabi

Celebrities not worth risk of injury

It's a shame that people were in danger of being hurt over nothing at a celebrity appearance (Bollywood world premiere in Abu Dhabi marred by scrum, September 8).

Things like this happen everywhere in the world. Patience, people, please. A glimpse of a celebrity is no big deal anyway.

Name withheld by request

Hard to prove road rudeness

Your editorial No need to punish rudeness as a crime (September 7) made me wonder all over again how the court decides such cases.

I see rash driving and rude gesturing many times on Dubai and Abu Dhabi's roads and I don't think I am a bad or very slow driver. I just smile it away and forget it. If I did complain, what would be the proof?

Ravikiran, Abu Dhabi

What's basic and what is extra?

After reading your story Trendspotting: Vending machines treat time as a luxury (September 8), I would quibble that chocolate bars and fizzy drinks are "basic items".

And I have a difficult time seeing how a Smashbox, Stila cosmetics, or Bliss Spa answers the genuine needs of people on the go.

Let's be honest, these are impulse buys, not needs.

Rebecca Lavallee, Abu Dhabi

Sad to read of Tripoli's ruination

John Thorne's article How Qaddafi defaced Tripoli, former jewel of the Med (September 8) was an evocative, if mournful, reminder that dictators can ruin more than economies and individual liberties.

Aesthetics, too, suffer, not only from a bad economy but also from the suppression of variety and the glorification of horrible styles and ridiculous symbols.

Cyril Maskoulis, Dubai

Post-September 11 joy serves no one

This is in reference to Palestinians: the forgotten victims (September 8). Sorry, but Americans will never forget the images of crowds of Palestinians exulting in the streets after the twin towers fell.

The Palestinian people poisoned their cause with American opinion for a generation. I'm afraid hate is not a one-way street.

Tom Doyle, US