x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 16 January 2018

A jihad against terrorists is needed

Preventing deaths of children in falls from high-rise buildings must be balanced against allowing their spirits to remain free, says a reader. Other views: A jihad is needed against murderous fanatics and a solution to property flipping.

A reader believes it is time to fight back against fanatics who attacked civilians in Kenya and Pakistan.  Ben Curtis / AP
A reader believes it is time to fight back against fanatics who attacked civilians in Kenya and Pakistan. Ben Curtis / AP

We need a jihad against fanatics

The two terror attacks that have taken place in recent days – one in a shopping mall in Kenya and the other in a church in Pakistan – have shaken and outraged all the peace-loving people of the world.

Dozens of innocent civilians have been killed in the most barbaric way. Many families have lost their loved ones to the mindless acts of violence.

The fact that the terrorists are so organised and are strong enough to inflict sufferings of this magnitude on mankind indicates that the civilised world has not done enough to protect the world from them.

The terror groups like Al Qaeda, the Taliban and many affiliated groups are still active and ever ready to strike innocent civilians, blowing them up and turning even the most sacred places into pools of blood. They call their evil acts jihad and give it a religious colour thereby causing immense damage to the religion. 

It is deplorable that there are people who still sympathise with them and try to find excuses to justify their evil acts. The civilised world should unite and wage a jihad against these fanatics, militarily as well as well ideologically.

Muneer Ahmad, Abu Dhabi

How do you keep children safe but not kill curiosity?

I am shocked and saddened that we still read news of children falling to their deaths from balconies and windows of tall buildings around the UAE. (Girl, 4, killed after death plunge from window. September 25)

It is also sad to read the blame of negligence and carelessness put on the parents.

I think we should accept the fact that kids are lively, they love to explore and become very innovative if they get an idea in their little minds. We really don’t want to change that.

As a parent myself I assume that all parents love their children and want them to be safe. If we don’t want to break the spirit of our kids nor put more pressure on the parents, then what is left is to work on the safety of the buildings.

Having lived for many years in Chile, a country that also welcomes children, every tall building is secured by a safety net.

The UAE is a country of entrepreneurship and progress.

So where are the companies, that will step into that market of making buildings safe for kids? If they already exist, how can this option become more known?

I am sure the parents are more than willing to pay to protect what is most precious in their life.

Imagine the safety nets in place and this awful news of children falling to their death being history.

Barbara Gerhards, Dubai

Sliding scale fees can deter ‘flipping’

With regard to your article, Transfer fees double as Dubai seeks to rein in property ‘flippers’ (September 25), the way to make sure this is targeted at “flipping” would be to use a sliding scale, something maybe like paying a 10 per cent fee if the property has been owned for less than three months.

For less than six months, the fee, for instance, would be set at 8 per cent, and 4 per cent for less than 12 months.

With, perhaps, the maximum to be paid by the buyer set at 2 per cent, for the 10 per cent rate, the seller would pay 8 per cent. For 6 per cent, the seller could pay 4 per cent. For 4 per and 2 per cent, the buyer and seller would split the fee equally. There might be an even lower rate – say, 1 per cent – if a property has been owned for five years. All this is aimed at encouraging long term ownership and investment instead of short term “flipping”.

Name withheld by request

Diplomacy must counter militants

Your story, Militants kill nine in twin attacks in Kashmir (September 27), was a good read.

The victims of these terrorist attacks included a member of the armed forces, which is highly unacceptable.

Will Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh tackle this issue diplomatically with his Pakistan counterpart and find a permanent solution to this problem?

K Ragavan, India

Helicopter noise disrupts suburbs

I am sure everybody welcomes the idea of living in a safe and secure environment. However, do we really need helicopters flying low over suburban areas after dusk?

Susan, Abu Dhabi

Movie a classic of comic timing

I refer to the review, (Film review: We’re the Millers is crude but also kind-hearted. September 4)

I think it is one of the best movies of 2013 that I have seen so far. The chemistry and comic timing was amazing and the entire cinema hall was cracking into laughter here and there.

Jennifer Aniston was at her best.

Moiz SA, Sharjah