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Sign of our times

That President Donald Trump has voiced the intention to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty would mean disaster because then Russia would take retaliatory measures for the same. The treaty was and is still important because it required the elimination of short-range and intermediate-range nuclear and conventional missiles by US and Russia (“US to exit nuclear treaty,” Oct.22, The Gulf Today).

There are a lot of stimulants for the war — climate change, immigrants, drought, epidemics, famine and so much more. That the US and Russia are once again playing around with important treaties and arms makes the situation much worse. This headbanging between two powerful countries could very well trigger an irretractable war which will involve almost all the counties in the world. One must understand that unlike the times of the cold war era when there was less technology to assist the strengthening of bonds between allied countries, if there were a war today, it would largely be aided by technology.

Having said that we need to think less of playing a weapons game with people’s lives and more about the welfare of the same people. It is very easy to sit on the high seat and make stupid and dangerous decisions that will affect one’s country and the world at large. US and Russia seem to be under the assumption that the world is their playground.
Nick Carlin — By email

Drive safe

After a scorching hot spell there is nothing more invigorating than enjoying the first showers. Though it is very tempting to lose oneself in capturing the sprit, caution is advisable (“Rain brings down temperature in parts of the country,” Oct.22, The Gulf Today).

In light of this I would like to deliberate on the warnings put forth by the authorities for motorists and the public. It has called on the public to exercise caution while driving under rain, warning of the low horizontal visibility caused by dust. It has also advised the public to stay away from pools of rainwater near heights. Earlier the police had sternly warned people from clicking pictures of rain while driving.

Water logged streets pose grave danger to vehicular traffic if proper guidelines are not followed. I have witnessed many accidents taking place because the driver is distracted while trying to soak in the feeling, especially of the first rains. We need to refrain from doing so.
Farook Shafiq — By Email
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