Readers write about the ripple effect that the US's treatment of its prisoners has on others, erroneous reports from the Middle East, how President Obama is doing so far, and the circumstances that influence green purchases.
How the US treats prisoners has far-reaching effects
Regarding the Feb. 3 article, "Will the US adjust life at Guantánamo for detainees?": There is no doubt of the need for corrections to be made. Guantanamo must be run in compliance with Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions, with regard to living conditions and treatment of the individuals being housed and held there, as requested by President Obama's recent order.
The need for humane treatment and compliance with international standards can be seen in many events being noted in many situations around the world. The actions of each one of us have far-ranging effects. We can be grateful for all leaders and private citizens around the world who take a stand for what is morally right in the treatment of their fellow man. Thank you for an article bringing this very basic need into view.
Report: No deaths inside UN premises
In regard to the Feb. 2 article, "Mitchell gets earful from Mideast": This article includes an assertion that, "Israel claims it was targeting Hamas militants, but its bombs also hit hospitals and United Nations-run schools." Your readers should be aware, however, that at least one such assertion has recently been exposed as false by The Globe and Mail, which recently revealed (Jan. 29) that, "While a few people were injured from shrapnel landing inside the white-and-blue-walled UNRWA compound, no one in the compound was killed. The 43 people who died in the incident were all outside, on the street, where all three mortar shells landed."
It is indeed unfortunate that erroneous reports of this sort are not corrected as speedily as they are reported.