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Letters to the Editor

When will America learn?

Re: "America did what it had to", Letters, July 9.

Eric Bahrt's justification of American "interference" in Thailand's affairs is misplaced. His supposition is not that of friendship but more like a different sense of values between two individuals. Branding the critics as American bashers is somewhat irrational and immature because many critics are also admirers of the United States on other issues. They do not blindly bash America on every issue.

China's UN delegate stated it best in 1997, in response to US lambasting China over its internal affairs:

"Different value should be permitted today. You cannot use one world's standard and demand that everyone adhere to it. You use a knife and fork in the West. We have more than 2,000 years of history. Let us use chopsticks."

"Where have all the flowers gone?" lamented Joan Baez, in a song of protest at America's involvement in the Vietnam War. The chorus seems a fitting commentary on the consequences now emerging from US interference in Iraq:

"When will they ever learn?

When will they ever learn?"

Songdej Praditsmanont


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