WORK WITH RUSSIA
I AGREE with the editor in his editorial in last week’s paper that a mistake could easily be made in Syria, although I wholeheartedly support Russian involvement.
The US empire has murdered some 40 million people since World War II, has suppressed popular social change in dozens of countries, has overthrown and assassinated their leaders and has organised and trained right-wing death squads that murdered and tortured their citizens.
Both al-Qa’ida and ISIS are largely US inventions.
The world is beginning to realise that a sea change in world affairs occurred on September 28 when President Putin of Russia stated in his UN speech that Russia could no longer tolerate Washington’s vicious, stupid, and failed policies that have unleashed chaos, which is engulfing the Middle East and now Europe.
Two days later, Russia took over the military situation in Syria and began the destruction of the Islamic State forces.
If Obama has any sense, he will dismiss from his government the neoconservatives who have squandered Washington’s power, and he will focus instead on holding on to Europe by working with Russia to destroy, rather than to sponsor, the terrorism in the Middle East that is overwhelming Europe with refugees. CLIFF ANDERSON, St James.
Is it any wonder that Muslim youth feel marginalised when they are not allowed to talk about their culture in schools?
Why not introduce a fasting day in schools to explain Ramadan? It would not hurt our overweight children to give up lunch one day a year and for schools to use the day as a fundraiser for refugees.
We should be explaining and celebrating the Jewish Passover; the Jews were history's first refugees as they fled from persecution in Egypt.
Let us include Visakah Puja, Buddha's birthday and the Hindu festival of Diwali, celebrating the victory of good over evil.
Let us not forget the dreamtime stories that explain our indigenous people’s beliefs.
For completeness, we should have an agnostics' day to explain that some of us believe that all religions are merely cultural myths designed to maintain social order. COLIN HUGHES, Greenmount.