x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 17 January 2018

Now pick up the card

A reader expresses surprise that so many people would fill out the forms for an Emirates ID card, but not pick it up. Other letter topics: Iran's anger, the EU's bonds, American xenophobia, and that Science Festival queue.

A reader expresses amazement that people who went through the process of applying for Emirates ID cards now can't be bothered to pick up the documents. Philip Cheung / The National
A reader expresses amazement that people who went through the process of applying for Emirates ID cards now can't be bothered to pick up the documents. Philip Cheung / The National

Statements by some Iranian politicians such as "death to England" and "we must place a lock on the British Embassy and ignore them until they come begging like the Americans" are frightening and provocative for Britons (UK Ambassador expelled by Iran over sanctions, November 28).

Because the British moved fast to impose sanctions, much of Iran's anger at the whole world has been directed at the UK.

But these things blow over. I believe actions and statements will be forgotten in the long term and better relations will probably be restored. History is full of these stories. The Persians encircled the Russian Embassy in 1829 and massacred the Russian Ambassador and the whole staff, then presented the Tsar with a large diamond as an apology - but these days Russian condemns the western sanctions against Iran.

Gaye Caglayan, Dubai

Iran's internal politics seem to be getting more extreme as the country is increasingly isolated from the world.

Still, the leaders' threats and bluster in response to sanctions just make Iran look ridiculous.

But whenever a regional power is isolated in this way, the danger of extremism grows greater.

I am by no means a sympathiser with the thuggery of the Iranian approach to diplomacy, and I have no better approach than sanctions to offer, but I do suspect that Iran's truculence will not be reduced by sanctions.

Kendall Winder, US

Subprime bonds would not help

In reading the European Commission's latest proposal for Eurobonds I was overcome with a terrible feeling of déjà vu.

The idea is that instead of each constituent eurozone country issuing its own bonds, they would issue them collectively, probably through the ECB. Can this work? Has it been done before?

Who still remembers when investment banks were mixing high- and low-risk debt, primarily mortgages?

How different would subprime bonds be from subprime mortgages?

David Daly, Dubai

Why not pick up Emirates ID?

I am surprised that so many people have failed to pick up their Emirates ID cards (Deadline to collect 250,000 ID cards, November 28).

Why would anyone bother going through the whole process of filling in the application and being fingerprinted if you aren't going to get the card?

For the first few months after I got my card I never used it, but now I find it is being requested more often, and it is certainly easier to carry and use than my passport is.

VJ Mehta, Dubai

Queue couldn't spoil Festival

I agree with the letter-writer to The National who complained about the queue to get into the Science Festival (Science Festival should operate all through the year, November 28).

Somebody in an official vest told us that the problem was with the facilities operator, not the Science Festival people themselves. Something about not having opened up enough entry gates.

Once we got in, anyway, the site was a pleasure to visit and our children loved the workshops they were able to take part in.

Marjorie Bernier, Abu Dhabi

Not all Americans are xenophobes

Your report Emiratis removed from US flight (November 28) reminds me that there was another such incident on a flight from Memphis to Charlotte.

In that case two imams were removed from a flight while (ironically) on their way to a conference on Islamophobia.

Incidents like this make me embarrassed to admit I'm American. I just hope these students don't hold the rest of the American South responsible for the actions of a few.

Donald Glass, Abu Dhabi

Vote in Morocco shows progress

I agree with columnist Achraf El Bahi that Morocco (a developing country with a high rate of poverty and illiteracy) must preserve the lustre of stability (Morocco election shows an alternative to revolution, November 28).

King Mohammed VI seems to have taken into account the demands for a more democratic form of monarchy. Compared to his father King Hassan II, this 48-year-old king is projecting a modern, reformist image with the new constitution.

The turnout for Friday's parliamentary elections, 45 per cent, is obviously low, but compared to 37 per cent in the 2007 elections this too is a political feat.

Ali Sedat Budak, Abu Dhabi