WORK WITH RUS­SIA

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

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.

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