- - Wednesday, April 30, 2014

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

I feel like I’m in my elementary-school sandbox all over again (“Russia accuses West of lowering new ‘Iron Curtain’ with sanctions,” Web, April 29). There was always that kid who felt the need to go and terrorize whoever he wanted. When taken to account, the bully would become distant — and then continue what he was doing.

What I think truly underlines angst over Russia is the blatant disregard for justice and effective diplomacy. The whole world became the schoolyard bystander on the global level when we watched, almost silently, as Russia invaded another nation. Nobody likes a schoolyard bully, but an apathetic staff is even worse.

A couple years back, Russian President Vladimir Putin raised a solid point: If the United Nations doesn’t shape up, it’ll land the same fate as the League of Nations. Being a Canadian Ahmadi Muslim, I’m filled with indignation to hear that Canada is actively condemning this bullying. Islam permits war under very particular circumstances; watching an innocent person bullied is one of them.

SABAHAT RAJPUT

Calgary, Canada

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