x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Former IMF chief was smeared

Whatever the facts are, Dominique Strauss-Kahn has not been treated fairly, a reader writes. Other letter topics today: Yvonne the cow, Qaddafi and his cronies, home exchanges, Anna Hazare, and goalkeepers.

A Parisian reads a newspaper featuring an account of the tribulations of
A Parisian reads a newspaper featuring an account of the tribulations of "disgraced" chief of the International Monetary Fund. A reader asks if he was treated fairly by the US legal system and media. Franck Prevel / Getty Image

Everyone in my family loved the story about bovine fugitive Yvonne (One cow bent on not ending up on a plate, August 22).

One ordinary person battling the big, bad system for liberty is the basic story of countless movies and novels - and some history books - and Yvonne just moves the same plot to another species.

Of course she doesn't know that her fate, once she's captured, could involve hamburger buns and a griddle. But in our regimented world it's hard to blame any creature for wanting to be free.

You go, girl!

Barbara Bruce, Abu Dhabi

Goalkeepers aren't the whole team

The opinion column about goalkeepers (The fires that burn in the loneliest guys on the pitch, August 22) was excellent.

I've been playing goal for years in recreational leagues, and it's true about your attitude in goal.

You have to take the blame for the goal, and praise your defenders if you keep a clean sheet. I've never yelled at my teammates for poor defence, because you need them if you want to win. Keepers get too much credit for a win, and too much blame for a loss.

Jim Breaux US

Indians loved Shammi Kapoor

Media have devoted countless words to the sad passing away on August 14 of the prodigiously talented Indian actor Shammi Kapoor. If even 10 per cent of these compliments had been articulated while he was alive, he would have been so happy.

This gifted artist mesmerised India with his song Yahoooo in the 1961 movie Junglee. I was a schoolboy at that time and tried desperately to copy his hairstyle!

Rajendra K. Aneja, Dubai

No fair treatment for Strauss-Kahn

I refer to Strauss-Kahn likely to walk free as legal hearing called (August 22).

If Dominique Strauss-Kahn does walk free, what does that say about the US justice system? And about the world's media?

His career was ruined and his reputation stained forever, over something that cannot be proved to be a crime. What ever happened to the old notion that a person is deemed to be innocent until he is proven guilty?

True, there are limitations on the ability of law to be just when it comes to sexual matters. No third person can ever be sure what happened in that hotel room. And it is a challenge to find sympathy for Mr Strauss-Kahn.

But even rich serial lechers are entitled to the presumption of innocence, which he did not get.

Ludwig Abetz, Abu Dhabi

Hazare lives out Gandhi's maxim

A soldier lost all his comrades in war and decided to dedicate the rest of his life in service to the nation. He set an example by owning no assets and living in a temple.

That soldier was Anna Hazare. I salute him for taking the lead in bringing India to turning point.

As Gandhi said, "be the change you want to see in this world".

Sandhya Prakash, Dubai

Home exchange works very well

Thank you for your article Swap hotels for more space and comfort in a home away from home (August 20).

Home exchange is a great way to holiday. It may not suit everyone but it is said that if you try it once you will do it again and I agree with that.

Brian Luckhurst, UK

Qaddafi regime leaders must pay

Now that the end is arriving for Libya's notorious old regime, I hope that all of those responsible for the numerous crimes of Muammar Qaddafi's regime will be held to a real standard of justice.

This should not be the summary justice of bullets, but a real impartial legal process. If a tiny fraction of what we have heard about this regime is true, the country should be awash in evidence.

Since some former regime figures are now in the Transitional National Council, there will be brakes on the justice system. But four decades of crime should not be swept under the rug.

Omar Shennib, Dubai

Desperate to hide his way of life

RE: Prostitute killed over Dh6,000, court told (August 21).

Why call this murderer a "desperate husband"? He killed a woman. He was unfaithful to his wife, drinking alcohol of his own free will, and then brutalising a woman to death. AK was a desperate husband only in trying to hide his adultrous lifestyle.

Robert Van den broeck, Canada