Home, sweet home
I refer to Raissa Robles' article 'Home safety' (December 11). I surmise that many Filipinos in the Philippines share her sentiment for choosing to stay back home: 'The truth is violent Manila is home to me'. Others, who work abroad, have done so not out of fear of becoming victims of sporadic crimes, but have been prodded by more important economic, personal and professional reasons. Filipinos working abroad contribute significantly to the economic growth of the motherland and the respective countries they are in. And just like any citizen in the world, home is still one's own motherland for most, if not all, Filipinos.
ZEN UDANI, Macau
Wrong tone on Saddam
Your front page report on the capture of Saddam Hussein (December 15) was a shocking piece of flag-waving nonsense. How can you seriously report on the capture of a dictator by his former allies in the tone that you did? Where was the picture of Donald Rumsfeld shaking Saddam Hussein's hand in the 1980s, when his tyranny was furthest-reaching and most brutal? How could you not mention that the US troops who captured Saddam Hussein were there by virtue of a unilateral invasion and occupation of another country? Saddam Hussein, monster that he is, was always just another in the series of media-friendly justifications for a geopolitically strategic invasion churned out by US spin doctors.
PRANJAL TIWARI, North Point