Iraq and others
Sir: The trouble with Tim Collins' thoughts on the teaching of history is that it sounds like the sort of imperialist propaganda that was pushed out by
The Boy's Own Paper in the 1940s and '50s.
Your own curriculum History for British pandora bracelet charms Masochists is marred by the same attempt to use history as propaganda: what the wicked Brits did in Ireland, Africa, India etc (leading article, 28 January). In both cases slogans replace a proper examination of the past, and more importantly the lessons it can teach us.
To take a simplistic example, the "glorious" victory at Agincourt was enthusiastically taught years ago, but the ultimate English failure in the Hundred Years War was omitted. What was the war about? Why did the English fail? Such questions were not pandora necklace seen to be necessary.
The case for studying the slave trade, as one instance of people's inhumanity to people, will not be an unmitigated exercise in "beating ourselves up" for the sins of our ancestors, since William Wilberforce was both white, and English!
If school history is to be of any relevance, I would suggest that one module needs to be an in depth study of the causes of wars, and a consideration of ways in which war might be prevented. Some of them had to walk past the body parts of suicide bombers.
Our elected government believes us to be so intimidated by the prospect of having our comfortable lives disrupted by a very much smaller threat of terrorism, that we would be willing to subject some of our number to imprisonment without trial, thereby sacrificing one of the democratic freedoms that we are privileged to be able to take for granted.
I do wonder what would have happened if separate elections had been offered to Shia, Sunni and Kurd regions with the option to federate afterwards or go for independence. It may be that this path was not followed genuine pandora charms online because of the hostility of Iraq's neighbours, notably Turkey, to a separate Kurdistan and because of American fears of a pro Iranian Shia government.
But then that is simply to say that "Iraq" is something foreign governments want to exist, whereas democracy is about securing governments wanted by peoples.
Sir: Gary Kent, director of Labour Friends of Iraq, Harry Barnes MP and Ann Clwyd MP, Tony Blair's special envoy on human rights in Iraq, are right to condemn the torture and killing of Hadi Saleh, the international officer of the Iraqi Federation of Trade Unions ("Anti war movement divided over trade unionist's murder", 22 January).
Their call for the opponents of the war to "move on", however, would sound more convincing if they themselves did more:
To mourn the death of up to 100,000 Iraqi civilians.
To raise questions in public about the human rights of Iraqis who have been tortured by the Iraqi security forces. If the American Human Rights Watch group is capable of exposing the abuses why are Britain's so called human rights experts ignorant of what is happening?
Of course I accept that it is difficult for the apologists of the biggest foreign policy blunder for 200 years to accept their responsibility for the Pandora's box which they have opened.
Sir: Your letters page headline of 27 January asks: "Is there an answer to climate change?" The question should be: "Do I care about climate change?"
Each one of us has the ability to make a difference by changing the way that we do everyday things and thinking about the consequences of our actions. The sad truth is that most of us want someone else to make the effort.
It isn't that we don't care; it is just that it is somebody else's fault. I bracelet with charms pandora need my 4x4, my 1000w security lights and electric everything.
We need legislation. We need to know precisely what are the main causes of carbon dioxide increase that can be changed. These need to be legislated into our lives so that we have to change. As examples, certain types of cars should no longer be available; the amount of petrol we can use should be limited; the car trade should have to focus on "green car" production.
We need clear paths that everyone must take.
Sir: I am the father of a small daughter who stays with me regularly, and to whom I have never been denied access: to the contrary, her mother and I have worked together for the last three years, very amicably and pragmatically, to allow her to continue a lively relationship with me. I have also previously helped to bring up a step daughter who spent as much time as possible with her father, again in an agreed way.
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