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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 16 December 2018

Leaders should cease making nuclear threats as if it were a game

Readers discuss Syria, marriage and nuclear war

US President Donald Trump addresses a rally at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium in Tennessee. Nicholas Kamm / AFP
US President Donald Trump addresses a rally at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium in Tennessee. Nicholas Kamm / AFP

I refer to Rashmee Roshan Lall’s op ed Why don’t we feel a greater sense of pending doom over the fear of a nuclear wipeout? (May 29): it is indeed horrifying that nuclear threats have been used in such a cavalier way in the exchanges between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. It is also true that the impact of a nuclear war cannot be compared with the atomic bombings of Japan in the final days of the Second World War. A nuclear explosion today could wipe out whole swathes of the planet. As the late American president John Kennedy said in his inaugural speech: “The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of human life.”

As ordinary citizens, we can only hope our leaders speak and act with discretion. They should realise the immense responsibilities their jobs entail and cease making nuclear threats as if they were a game.

Rajendra Aneja, Dubai

This couple shine a light on the unconventional side of life

I write in reference to your article Emirati couple who caused storm with unorthodox engagement party tell their story (May 25): I can’t help thinking about this couple, who are getting a backlash for an untraditional engagement party. I think their story can shine a light on the less conventional sides of Emirati life. I am sure there are plenty more young people of their generation who are in the same boat. Ahmed and Mashael, I wish you endless joy and happiness. Use your experience to inspire others who might be in a similar position, with non-traditional backgrounds. Let your light shine through.

Carola Witthoft, Abu Dhabi

This is such a beautiful story. The groom is so humble and the bride’s father is such an honourable gentleman. Both are such rare qualities nowadays. God bless you both.

Nishma Mehta, London

Such a beautiful story. I wish this beautiful couple every happiness. Everyone is allowed to live their lives as they please, regardless or whether they are in the spotlight or not.

Dalia El Shazly, Dubai

The problem with money is you never have quite enough

Regarding your article How much wealth do you need today to be considered rich? (May 27), my answer is: always just a little bit more. And therein lies the problem.

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