July 15-16: Moscow subway train derailment, I hope reason, standing up against war will prevail, and more
Today’s news that NATO feels that it is now necessary to produce a media campaign to counter the so called “positive view” of Russia and its role both in the Ukrainian crisis and globally is disingenuity and hypocrisy at an unparalleled level in today’s world. Is this an indication that the truth is filtering through to the common man over and above the media bias placed on it for both geopolitical and economic reasons?
The Ukrainians attack, maim and kill the civilian population in the eastern part of the country with impunity receiving only confirmation of their policies from the US and UK governments and total disregard from the humanitarian aid agencies and NGOs. The same rule is now applied to Israel’s overwhelming superiority with regard to Gaza and has led to approximately the same number of casualties as Ukraine’s Eastern regions, above a 1000 civilians. Where does this leave those of us who vainly and mostly naively believed not only in the institutions we had established after the Second World War to safeguard human rights and dignity but upon whom we relied to fulfil our cherished hopes and dreams of a fairer, safer and more humane world, one we could introduce our children to with heads held high.
And while all of this is taking place, the US kidnaps a Russian citizen in the Maldives and like those held in Guantanamo Bay and illegally transported him to an area under their control, (Guam). Does the Law, internationally agreed and signed for, no longer apply or is it superseded openly by violence and military might? Where does this leave those who disagree with the so called “consensus view”? Are they denied freedom of speech either to be silenced outright if their views oppose or denied equal access to the media so that only one side is heard and acted upon.
Time is not on our side. The indicators of parallels with the period WWII have already been drawn and no clear unequivocal view has emerged to enable the process to commence so that the final destination can be avoided. It is time for those in power to stand and be counted lest history places the blame squarely on their shoulders for avoiding the thorny issues and fulfilling their duties. By the same token the electorate must also take up their obligations to their own families and societies by demanding that their political masters take account of their views and act accordingly.
We are all citizens of this increasingly fragmented globe and in the final analysis, it is time to stand up and be counted before the tipping point is reached.
Anton Komarov, South Africa
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I heard sad news about Moscow train crash with numerous victims. Please receive my sincere condolences for the victims and may God rest their souls in peace!
Lucian- Ion Cojocaru, Romania
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I am sorry to know that a Moscow Metro crash (following a power failure) led to the passing of 19 people. My thoughts are with the bereaved.
Lionel Gay, U.K.
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I heard news of the tragic subway train derailment in Moscow. I can’t express what I feel about that. This is why I can't stand any country stirring up trouble throughout the world when so many tragic events which cause suffering can take place all on their own. We have enough problems with accidents, natural disasters, disease and so forth that we don't need any intended trouble.
Badly expressed, my thoughts and prayers go out to the injured and to the families of the deceased.
Thomas Corcoran, Sweden
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I just read President Vladimir Putin's speech for negotiation and settlement of all conflicts through dialogue and compromise. Not allowing one country bully another with the support of another nations. He should really get the Peace Prize for this, maybe the Nobel society can retrieve it from Obama whom they gave it to by mistake. He is still the main protagonist behind Poroshenko and this is not worthy of a peace prize. Let’s hope that reason and the world community standing up against war and aggression will prevail.
Steve Wojcyk, Canada
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I am writing to send my profound condolences for yesterday's Moscow Metro tragic accident that happened on the Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya Line, killing at least 26 people, and injuring more than 100 people, including many critically injured, according to local news reports.
May the souls of the deceased rest in peace, and may all the victims and their families be comforted at this time of grief and acute distress.
Patty Edwards, Moscow-Washington
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