World War I: Humans create clashes

Austria and Hungary sent an ultimatum to the Kingdom of Serbia however, with no clear diplomatic direction, the two countries waged a war that turned into World War I. Almost one hundred years ago, on June 28, 1919, the countries signed the Treaty of Versailles.

During the past century, numerous other conflicts have taken place that prove if people keep killing each other and countries keep invading other countries, even a hundred treaties cannot keep the world safe from wars.

The Cold War, the Iran-Iraq war, the US war in Afghanistan, and the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil) crisis in Iraq proves that countries and extremist factions have been waging wars without knowing the consequences of their actions. Treaties do end wars, but humans are the ones who create clashes for ideological, religious, and economic reasons.

From Mr Mohammad Omar Iftikhar


Constructive discussions

The world indeed has learnt a lesson on war, even though it keeps happening.

Today, the superpower nations are more sensible and they meet often to talk about nuclear arms treaties and embargos.

Leaders are more aware of the powerful weapons of mass destruction each country has and as soon as there is some major blow-out expected between two nations, there is a meeting called and discussions take place.

From Ms Priti Mackinnon


Lessons forgotten

Well, the world might have had learnt soon after World War II to form the United Nations (UN), but if we see current scenarios, it seems that the world has forgotten all the lessons.

There are dozens of unsolved internationally recognized issues that have been going on for decades. It seems every one is defending and supporting their own interests regardless of their stand whether it’s right or wrong. The role of the UN should be more effective and powerful based on justice because injustice always triggers and pushes violence and terrorism.

From Mr Ahmad Eftekhar


Devastating aftermath

I don’t think there’s any justification for war in this world. The only outcome is turmoil and destruction of the planet and the people. So much is lost culturally and within families in the aftermath. Where is the love of all people and nationalities to become one? To me, it is so sad for the future generations.

From Ms Sandra Jane Peters

Silverdale, UK

Needing human values

The comment ‘The devolving of children’ by Jerin George, is very thought provoking and highlights the need of the day (‘Readers Views’, Gulf News, June 22). Many young men and women are suffering the indifferent and callous behaviour of their offspring. Certainly the whole human touch has been modified during the past two decades with the advancements in digital and electronic technology. The computer has become a dominant monster that has devoured humanity and instantly wiping out culture, etiquette and proper expression in one swipe.

Good values and proper courteous language have been the first victims of the internet. Polite and expressive language is becoming a thing of the past. Movies and videos have completely replaced the personal and gregarious interactions, damaging the sibling and parental bonding.

There is still time for parents to persuade their children to revert back to superior values through moderation in the use of the internet, computers and movies. Personal interactions, outdoor games, sports and community activities are essential to imbibe human values.

From Mr Aftab Ahmad


Garnering support

It is impressive and highly promising to note the increased production forecast for UAE farm produce in the coming season (‘10,000 tonnes more vegetables grown at Abu Dhabi farms,’ Gulf News, June 23). The effort and amount of technology expertise added with financial support is huge and each of the participating farmers should be highly praised to keep the interest in the field of agriculture ongoing.

With the weather conditions not in favour, it is of great importance to encourage more people to come forward and actively participate in agriculture that suits the nation. With regards to garnering additional support, the produce should be allocated to special areas at all the leading supermarkets and be given prominence in terms of pricing and marketing.

From Mr Ramesh Menon

Abu Dhabi

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Difficult to enforce

I worry that if parents don’t enforce seat belt usage; children will never use them when effectively unsupervised on a bus (‘Seat belts in all Dubai school buses considered by RTA,’ Gulf News, June 23). Whether they are asked to or not, this will be difficult to enforce.

From Mr Adam Davidson


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Not enough room

Seatbelts will be difficult to use with the huge school bags children have. How will they fit on the seat belts? As it is, there is not much place to sit.

From Ms Alefiya Aziz


Will this listen?

My nephew is driving me crazy because he won’t listen to me to wear his seatbelt while we are driving. How can two bus patrollers control over 30 students!?

From Mr Aloko Xai


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Worthy of praise

Ramadan is a time where people work less hours (‘Muslims in UAE to fast for 15 hours in Ramadan,’ Gulf News, June 23). That means that there will be more personal time at hand. But, fasting for this long is truly commendable. What the people of this country do, is worthy of praise.

From Ms J. N. Ivz


Education will help

It is absolutely inhuman and barbaric of these attackers to have chopped off the victim’s arm over his love affair with a local girl (‘Attackers escape with man’s chopped-off arm in India,’ Gulf News, June 23). Nobody deserves to be punished over such trivial matters. It is a matter of shame that such cases of revenge seeking are common even in today’s modern era where the world has advanced in so many ways. In my opinion, such brutality and hatred can only be eradicated with education. It’s the only way to help change the conservative and outdated mentality of villagers.

From Ms Fatima Suhail


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Recognising greatness

The news story that the great Pele is being shunned by the World Cup makes for unhappy reading (‘Pele seems shunned as Cup rolls on,’ Gulf News, June 23). His place has been taken away by the super model Gisele Bundchen, which sounds rather silly to football lovers round the world. Greatness must be always recognized.

From Mr Thomas Matthew Parackel

Kerala, India

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