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Once bitten

The mother of all misjudgements” by Raj Chengappa (Ground Zero, March 24) retraces lucidly the entire gamut of the naivety of the US “cause” for the invasion of Iraq in 2003. The huge death toll (without achieving anything worthwhile) in Iraq or elsewhere in West Asia was a big price to pay. The US should avoid a repeat of such a misadventure in Syria. With the withdrawal of coalition forces from Afghanistan and impending elections in Pakistan, our strategists need to ensure peace in the subcontinent is not threatened.

Govind Singh Khimta, Shimla


The fear of Iraq possessing weapons of mass destruction was eyewash. Saddam Hussien used to reportedly walk over George Bush's picture, which he had installed on the floor of his palace. That probably was the main reason why Bush junior attacked Iraq. Even after 10 years of the war, Iraq remains shattered. In the prolonged battle, the US sacrificed over 4,000 of its soldiers and thousands of NATO men. It was really a shameful “misadventure” and not the mother of all misjudgments.

RK Kapoor, Chandigarh

Bonds snap

Very few in society care for the mentally challenged, helpless elders, desolate mothers and orphans (“Families weren't there for them, this home is” by Aparna Banerji; Sunday Tribune, March 24). Though the rich are morally obligated to uplift the underprivileged sections in society, not much is done. We lack the culture of giving and caring. Efforts of selfless and dedicated persons must be appreciated. The article will encourage many others to undertake charity.

SC Vaid, Greater Noida


It is disturbing to read about the plight of abandoned parents. The Apahaj Ashram inspires. The elderly need care, protection and respect. It is our responsibility to look after them, the way they did for us. They should not think of their old age as a burden or seek favour from their children rather they should conduct themselves with dignity and demand respect. Clubs should be set up for the elderly from all strata of society so they can interact with one another and are aware of their rights.

Anjali Sharma, New Delhi

Hasty step

India’s decision to support a UNHRC resolution under pressure from the US and DMK was unjustified (“Anti-Lanka vote was a bad idea”; Sunday Tribune, March 24). India should resolve Tamil issues regarding devolution of powers and alleged rights violations bilaterally. Only a carefully orchestrated and independent foreign policy can save us from compelling domestic and regional tensions and promote our larger national interests. Political pundits should watch for India's response at CHOGM in Colombo this November.

Harmohit Singh, Hoshiarpur

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