x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 16 January 2018

Dolphins need to be free

A reader says these ocean mammals are best seen in the ocean, not in commercial shows. Other topics: rape in India, brain scans and Syria.

A reader says dolphins, such as this bottlenose pictured off Florida, should be viewed swimming free in the ocean, not as part of a commercial attraction. US Department of Fish and Wildlife /Reuters
A reader says dolphins, such as this bottlenose pictured off Florida, should be viewed swimming free in the ocean, not as part of a commercial attraction. US Department of Fish and Wildlife /Reuters

Diplomacy must be given one last chance in Syria

I refer to Lack of strategy behind Obama's isolation on Syria, analysts say (September 1).

If the United States Congress gives its approval for an attack on Syria, this will be seen as support from American citizens for such a strike.

This would tell the world that the US has still not learnt from the past two decades of wars and other conflicts that have cost it billions of dollars and many of its soldiers.

The US must pursue diplomatic efforts and initiate dialogue with other UN member states before any other action is taken.

Ramachandran Nair, Oman

Syrian president Bashar Al Assad must be condemned for using chemical weapons against his own people. This is clearly unacceptable.

It remains to be seen if the US president, Barack Obama, secures approval from Congress to attack Syria.

Whatever happens, I believe that any attempt to change the regime in Syria should be done through diplomatic means if possible.

This will save the innocent people of Syria more suffering.

K Ragavan, India

Looking at images of the bodies of chemical-attack victims in Syria sent shivers down my spine.

So much destruction is taking place across the globe, with countless innocent people being killed in the name of war.

And yet, we all remain silent spectators. Fatima Suhail, Dubai


Indian system too lenient on rapists

I'm disgusted to be an Indian following the lenient verdict reported in Three years for teenager in gang rape and murder (September 1).

The Indian judicial system has made a mockery of itself and has slapped law-abiding citizens in the face.

The message from the Indian government is very clear: if you commit a crime, we will take good care of you using taxpayers' money. Then, after three years in a reform facility, you will be released and allowed back on the prowl.

Such criminals don't deserve leniency or anonymity. Concealing a victim's identity is logical, but the criminals should be shamed in public.

An eye for an eye is the only way to tame such beasts and instil in them a fear of the legal system.

Had a proper sentence been meted out, the government could have at least improved the nation's tarnished reputation.

Doesn't the Indian government want to show to the world what it is capable of?

Doesn't it want to respond to the BBC documentary titled India - a dangerous place to be a woman?

Name withheld by request

Scans won't do the job properly

I refer to Trendspotter: The brain-scan interview (September 1).

In my younger days, the requirements for getting any job were linked to your work-related skills.

Now it seems that employers are going high-tech by scanning your brain.

I assume that this is to ensure you have a brain, which could be useful in getting the right person for the right job - presumably after years of getting the wrong person for the job.

I remain highly sceptical.

Name withheld by request

Dolphins are best seen in the ocean

I refer to Dolphin Bay Atlantis advert banned (August 30).

Welfare organisations condemn outright the practice of keeping dolphins active for commercial use in shows.

If you want a real marine-life experience, learn to Scuba dive. There are some great teachers in the UAE.

Dr Martin Wyness, British Veterinary Centre, Abu Dhabi

Sick of lining up? Join the queue

I have just read Hareth Al Bustani's blog post, The queuing situation in the UAE (August 30).

I've only lived in the UAE for a year, but I can absolutely empathise with everything mentioned in this article. It is so frustrating.

L Rector, Abu Dhabi

This post was great. Queuing was one of the biggest frustrations when I lived in the UAE.

Julie A, US