Former US official says public administration was wrong in not joining Ottawa Convention . Also: Donald Trump's donors; the elderly in the pandemic.
More information in our inbox: Image Anti-personnel landmines, small explosive weapons buried underground or placed on the surface and intended to kill or maim people people, can remain fatal for many decades. Credit... Louai Beshara / Agence France-Presse - Images
To the editor:
Re " L 'administration decides to keep landmines in Arsenal, for the moment "(press article, April 7):
It ' s left.
The Pentagon spokesman's statement - that landmines "are vital in conventional warfare" - means the Biden administration will not join not the 164 countries that are party to the 1997 Ottawa Convention to ban anti-personnel landmines, including all our NATO allies and all countries in the Western Hemisphere except Cuba.
It will also contribute to the reputation of the United States as having one of the worst ratifications of ratifications in the world, nearly 50 treaties unsigned or not ratified at last count.
Among the most important (and least defensible): the Conventions on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women; Human Rights child: the law of the sea; the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty; the rights of persons with disabilities and the Arms Trade Treaty.
Many applaud this denial record as examples of “American exceptionalism.” Others see it as a failure of the United States to put into practice the values and principles that we claim to uphold around the world.
Karl F. Inderfurth
The writerHe was the Special Representative for Global Humanitarian Mine Clearance in the Clinton administration.
Trump donors deceived, but still loyal Image Credit ... Doug Mills / The Hfrance.fr
To the editor:
Trump has steered his supporters towards unwilling donations "(homepage, 4 April)) helped expose the desperation of Donal's fundraising machineTrump as she began to flout the summer and fall of the 2020 campaign. What caught my attention, however, was the will of Mr. Trump's supporters to remain "100% loyal." To the former president, even when they fully acknowledged that he and his organization had scammed them thousands of dollars beyond their intended campaign contributions.
If loyalty is blind enough to allow such large-scale deception, I shudder to think of other crimes that loyalty might tolerate as well. It reminds of the old Representative Tom Lantos 'warning that the veil of civilization is much thinner and finer than we don't think so.
For the elderly, Pandemic life has certain advantages
To the editor:
I have 86 years. I live on social security. While people tend to like me, I am not particularly social. Therefore, living under Covid, for me, has had some advantages.
For the first time people are trying to be sure that I am okay, so I have developed much closer friendships with more people than before the pandemic. A friend does the grocery shopping for me. Many concerts and other shows that I couldn't afford to attend are now online for free. Doctors have virtual tours with me, instead of having to find a way to get to their offices, since I no longer drive.
Of course, I understand all the problems that have resulted from the pandemic, but for an elderly person like me, or a disabled person, I hope that something will be learned about how to take better care of ourselves.
Elaine G. King