I AGREE with Steve Connor that chimpanzees deserve to be granted special status ("Chimpanzees are us", 7 February) but it would then perhaps be appropriate for the chimpanzees to judge whether we so-called civilised human beings deserve the superior status we claim.
Worthing, West Sussex
A PAT on the back and a cheer for your Middle East correspondent, Robert Fisk (7 February). It is amazing that a Western writer could give us such a fair opinion uncoloured by prejudice.
DANIEL ROSENTHAL's otherwise exhaustive essay on Die Hard should have credited Roderick Thorpe who wrote the book Nothing Lasts Forever that Die Hard was based on ("Death is hard, but there's life in it", Culture, 7 February).
St Albans, Hertfordshire