Postbag: Chalerm so transparent

Re: ''Chalerm may have got off on the wrong foot'', Opinion, Oct 22.

Khun Veera is right in his warning to ''keep a close watch'' on Chalerm Yubamrung in his version of seeking reconciliation without involving the opposition. Is Mr Chalerm so naive that he does not know the public can see through him like a clear, plate glass window?

FARANG OBSERVER


Web to world freedom

''Twitter for us is like a parliament,'' exclaimed a young lawyer in Saudi Arabia. ''It is a true parliament, where people from all political sides meet and speak freely.'' (''In Saudi, a revolution will be retweeted'', BP, Oct 23). This is 1989 all over again but far bigger than knocking down a concrete wall that brought about the demise of Communism in Europe. The internet is almost worldwide and allows people to see over a ''wall'' and view the promise of freedom and a release from restricting ideologies.

Communism was a totalitarian ideology that denied individual freedom of expression and movement. Its goal was world domination, but human desire for freedom won, as it will in China and most of the world once people benefit from unrestricted access to the internet. It was the fear of those trapped in an ideology that led to the shooting of young Malala Yousufzai in Pakistan because she was opening the door, through education, to the freedom democracy offers.

The current worldwide struggle is between freedom and totalitarian control; between democracy and Islam. Both are vying for world domination. Unless the leaders on each side face up to this situation and confront the issue, there could be conflict that would make the US Civil War of the 19th century seem like gang warfare; like nothing ever experienced in the history of mankind. As history has proved time and again, totalitarianism does not work as it is opposed to human nature and will fail with enlightenment. The world should never again be allowed to suffer such horror in the name of dogma. The internet will provide the answer.

J C WILCOX


Poll results cooked up?

Re: ''Public favours Pheu Thai win'', BP, Oct 22.

The results of this poll might be true, but I wondered if this kind of poll was necessary at this time when general elections are not in the immediate field of vision. I suspect that the government colluded with Abac conducting the poll to shore up recently declining popularity, knowing the results would still be favourable to them.

R H SUGA
Lamphun


Software piracy is rife

I read with interest the article reporting on the use of pirated software by Narong Seafood Exporters (''Narong Seafood stung by suit'', BP, Oct 23).

When I purchased my first computer five years ago, I had read many articles on pirated software and the scams which go with these products. So, like a fool, thinking I could trust them, I purchased my equipment from a major supermarket only to find six months down the line my computer had been loaded with a pirated version of Windows Vista.

When I tried to download another Microsoft application which virtually rendered my computer useless, I contacted Microsoft and they confirmed I was using a pirated copy of Vista. For a reasonable fee (compared with having the computer ''cleaned'' and a the genuine programme installed), Microsoft sent me an update/repair disc which made my pirated copy legal. Since then, I have had no problems.

Had I been more computer-literate, I would not have been caught out. I wonder if Narong Seafood got stung by the same practice which appears to be rife in Thailand.

BRIAN


BBC fixes it again

Question: What is the difference between the Jimmy Savile child abuse scandal and the BBC's two-year in-house investigation into coverage of the 2010 red-shirt protests?

Answer: There isn't one. They both involve a cover-up.

JOHN SHEPHERD


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