x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 19 January 2018

Questions remain over bin Laden's death

A reader says a US Navy Seal's account of killing Osama bin Laden doesn't add up. Other letter topics: the Free Syrian Army, justice and politics in India, and medical compensation.

FILE-- Exiled Saudi dissident Osama bin Laden is seen in Afghanistan in this April 1998 file photo. U.S. authorities are investigating whether bin Laden is involved in Tuesday's devastating attacks. (AP Photo) --zu unserem Korr--
FILE-- Exiled Saudi dissident Osama bin Laden is seen in Afghanistan in this April 1998 file photo. U.S. authorities are investigating whether bin Laden is involved in Tuesday's devastating attacks. (AP Photo) --zu unserem Korr--

Compensation decision sends a strong message

While I sympathise greatly with the women who received such poor hospital treatment in Abu Dhabi, I was pleased to read Dh200,000 for victim of botched leg treatment (September 3).

While the UAE has a generally high standard of medical treatment, it is important for patients and providers of these services alike to know that strong legal remedies are available when things go wrong.

Of course, fines cannot salve pain and discomfort or, in extreme cases, bring back the dead, but the fact that the courts will issue high compensation awards does send a clear signal.

Mary Morris, Dubai

Residents ignored over mall plans

In Residents fear traffic chaos from new JBR mall (August 27), Dubai Properties Group says it's going to "add value", but it seems to me that the only value being added is to the pockets of the developer.

Why are the views of the public ignored? When the traffic gets worse, people will stop visiting the area. This means more shops will be vacant - and, of course, there will be no view and no breezes.

As for the plans for JBR Walk (Anger over private beach club, September 2), there is no other reason to destroy the beautiful view, sea breeze and ambience of the JBR Walk, other than greed.

There are already so many retail shops that are actually vacant at the base of the JBR complex blocks. Dubai has some gorgeous coastline, however only a very small percentage is accessible to be enjoyed by the general public.

The Walk has such a wonderful cosmopolitan feel about it. Building a shopping mall is going to destroy it.

Please rethink this for the benefit of all who live in and love to visit JBR Walk. It's perfect as it is, please leave it be. M Glynn, Dubai


FSA 'has gained trust of Syrians'

Your editorial Leadership crisis as Syrian rebels losing support (September 3), is an accusation against the Free Syrian Army that lacks any substaniated piece of evidence or any verifiable examples.

Unlike the political opposition, which is terribly fragmented beyond any doubt, the FSA has gained the trust of nearly all anti-Assad opposition inside and outside Syria.

Their wins would never be successful but for the unified vision and command they have. And that is why the Assad regime has lost the battle on the ground and has heavily relied on air strikes in its attempts to break the unbreakable FSA.

A Darwish, Egypt

Questions over Seal's account

The account given in Navy Seals 'pumped bin Laden with bullets' (August 31) is confusing at best.

It appears that there is a hint of sympathy for this man from the manner in which this story is presented. To me, it made him look like a poor, defenceless old man who did not even try to resist although he could have.

It also says that innocent women were "pushed out of the way" by US troops as they wailed over his body.

I also do not believe that the US troops "battled their way through a house for 15 minutes", as is claimed in this article. Many other reports say they were in and out in five minutes, which sounds more like a true military mission.

This man was a brutal killer who asked other people to commit a sin by also becoming killers.

He took credit for taking out the World Trade Center, where thousands of innocent people were murdered. There should be no sympathy for him at all.

S Arruda, US

Politicians should heed court verdict

It comes as no surprise that a special court in India has jailed BJP leader Maya Kodanai and others responsible for the riots of 2002 (Ex-minister jailed 28 years for Gujarat riots, September 1).

In India, the judiciary is said to be held in the highest esteem by people of all walks of life.

The fact is that those survived in the tragic incident that led to this verdict cannot be consoled by a court judgment.

The success of this verdict will come only when it delivers a lesson to the ignorant politicians who have ruled India for many decades.

Ramachandran Nair, Oman

Can tyre sealant stand the heat?

I write in reference to Tyre sealant could save lives on UAE roads (August 31).

This product looks good, but how effective is it after say one or two years?

Will the gel continue to have the same properties in spite of being subjected to varying temperatures inside the tyre? Felix Philip, Dubai