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Down with fanatics, assuming they exist

Re: "Thai jihadists and their fatwa on America", Letters, July 12.

Anyone mustering the audacity to lecture Eric Bahrt should have his head examined. It was not a lecture, but more as a debate. In his latest, I again offer my differing perception.

First, nothing in US law specifically states that its government is not allowed to support a military coup in any country. Historically, the US government on many occasions has even supported citizens of a foreign country to overthrow their government. Remember the Bay of Pigs invasion launched from Florida against Cuba in 1961, the latest US involvement in Ukraine and many past examples in Latin America and the Middle East.

Second, in Eric Bahrt's view, those calling Obama a layabout and blaming America for wanting a civil war in Thailand and calling for the overthrow of the American government are certifiable idiots and fanatic America-bashers. If there is such a person, I wholeheartedly agree with Eric Bahrt's conclusion. But, in my avid reading of the letters column of both English-language newspapers, I have never come across such a person.

I was previously puzzled by your generosity in publishing some rhetorical letters from writers with Western names until one day I was enlightened by one expatriate who was embarrassed by those writings. He attributed their publication to the editor's wish to print both letters of excellence and those that were sub-par. For me, I take comfort in Sir Winston Churchill's words: "A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject."

Songdej Praditsmanont

Bangkok


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