Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 22 July 2019

The people of Libya deserve peace and better leadership

Our readers have their say on Libya, unhealthy diets, the Rwandan genocide, and Iraq

Khalifa Hafter, leader of the Libyan National Army, has decided to march on the capital Tripoli, against the country's UN-backed government. AP
Khalifa Hafter, leader of the Libyan National Army, has decided to march on the capital Tripoli, against the country's UN-backed government. AP

I write to you in reference to your editorial Libya crisis speaks to the failures of Western intervention (April 8). This elaborate piece on the ongoing Libyan crisis was an excellent read. The famously oil-rich nation was dominated by dictator Muammar Qaddafi, for 40 years, much to the disappointment of the international community. But the fact that Libya’s problems have not gone away, years after Qaddafi’s fall, is sad. Despite western intervention in 2011, Libya’s challenges have gone unmet. Libya should be rebuilt and internal conflict should be eradicated. Only then can the nation move on.

K Ragavan, Bengaluru

How can the ones who destroyed Libya command influence there now? They wanted anarchy and they got it.

For years the people have had

to deal with instability and violence. Now ordinarily Libyans are stockpiling food, buckling under the weight of the country’s anarchy

and lawlessness.

Name withheld by request

Let us spread awareness against unhealthy diets

I write to you in reference to Daniel Bardsley’s article UAE lags in global diet study as medics urge people to eat more fruit and veg (April 4). Unfortunately, we need to do a lot more in the UAE to spread awareness about the impacts of unhealthy diets on our lives. The more we can collectively work to make better food choices, the more we increase our chances of leading healthy, fulfilled lives.

Tony Abou Jawad, UAE

The Rwandan genocide was a sad indictment of our world

I write in reference to your article Rwanda marks 25 years since the start of the genocide (April 8). One of the ugliest chapters in African History. The tragic part is that no one intervened at the time. Only after Paul Kagame ended the genocide did foreign powers involve themselves. It is a rather damning indictment of the state of our world.

Name withheld by request

Tehran would be wise to stay out of Iraq

I refer to Mina Aldroubi’s impressive article Iraq seeks to re-enter regional diplomacy as a neutral player after ISIS (April 8). Iran’s incursions into Iraq will unleash even more sectarian hatred and bigotry. Tehran would be wise to leave Iraq alone, or, at most, seek to help it economically. The nation will bounce back as it has done many times in history following bloody wars.

Name withheld by request

Iraq is good place for investment today, largely because of its flourishing democracy, relative security and the extraordinary growth of new hospitals across the country. There are some 15 new government hospitals in Erbil alone. Moreover, the defeat of ISIS, thanks to the Kurds, the Iraqi army and support from the international community – chiefly the Trump administration – has made for a relatively tranquil environment in which to do business.

Niki Mani, Australia

Updated: April 8, 2019 06:18 PM

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