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Refreshing opinions from foreigners

Re: "US remarks suggest an ignorance of realities here" and others, Letters, June 2.

I was moved by three contributions to the Letters column of June 2 written by Egon, Chris Kaye and Barry Kenyon, rendering their realistic perceptions of the coup - refreshing from expatriates. Not so because of their sympathetic view, but because of the substance displayed in supporting their conclusions. Unlike those Westerners who spout "Boring cliches of Western democracy", as your cartoonist Stephff sarcastically puts it, the letter-writers backed their opinions with educational substance rather than emotional hot air. China and Japan, Thailand's real friends in times of need, have been elegant and factual in expressing their sadness but wishing us well in resolving our crisis - none of that patronising scolding of the "bad boy".

I only hope that the military doesn't get a liking for power and then decides to stay too long!

Songdej Praditsmanont

Bangkok


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