It seems too many sergeants or drill instructors in the Thai military training camps are reading too many Beetle Bailey cartoon strips in the Bangkok Post.
What Sgt Snorkle does to Beetle in this strip is not what any military should condone, and I would think any military leaders are smart enough to understand this.
So why does it happen? Where is the leadership?
Keep the legacy alive
Re: ''Where the streets have strange names'' (Brunch, April 21). As a Red Cross employee I was pleased to read the recent article by Andrew Biggs on Bangkok's street names, inspired by our movement's founder Henri Dunant, especially the part on the Thai pronunciation which raised laughs all around the office. After some discussion of the various street names in Bangkok, Mr Biggs provides a brief but accurate summary of Henri Dunant's life.
What he fails to stress, however, is the extent and importance of Henri Dunant's legacy, which we at the ICRC hope will ensure that the street name Thanon Henri Dunant remains for good.
Henri Dunant's visionary ideas in 1859 are responsible for the development of Red Cross societies in nearly every country in the world, two international Red Cross bodies and International Humanitarian Law (the law of war) which limits the suffering caused by armed conflict around the world.
Although, as Mr Biggs correctly points out, Henri Dunant never came to Thailand (or Siam), his legacy here is as important and relevant as anywhere else in the world.
Those of us involved in the Red Cross rather hope that the name Thanon Henri Dunant is here to stay and we invite anyone who is interested to learn more about Mr Dunant and the Red Cross movement at www.icrc.org or www.redcross.or.th.
Strong baht will hurt us
Re: ''BoT strongly defends monetary policy'' (Online news, April 24).
Have the powers that be taken into consideration the loss of revenue from US and UK tourists (and other affected countries) who have decided that Thailand is no longer a viable destination because of the very weak exchange rates? As tourism is a major income earner for the country, the baht's surge can hardly be viewed as a positive development.
Heritage is for all of us
Both Thailand and Cambodia can benefit from tourists visiting the Preah Vihear temple. Worldwide, there are nearly 20 World Heritage sites which are happily shared by bordering countries.
How many of those are in Asia?
As for the tiny islands in the South China Sea: Again, a solution could be reached by, for example, declaring all the islands as ''International Ocean Sanctuaries''.
It's a golden opportunity for Asian leaders to offer the world something unique and positive, for a change.
Antarctica is shared by all, but owned by no nation, and is off-limits for commercial exploitation (and, of course, this was an initiative put forth by Western nations, by the way).
Start your whining
Re: ''Stop your whining'' (PostBag, April 24). The main reason expats complain about things in Thailand is because the Thais, for cultural reasons, do not complain about what needs to be complained about.
For example, the reckless Bangkok city bus drivers who stop in the middle of the street to drop passengers off!
In Chinatown I refused to get off a bus for three stops because the jerk of a driver would not pull over.
Somebody has to complain here if anything is ever going to improve.
And Mr Wong should not generalise about expats praising their own countries.
In my opinion Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and that hack Greenspan should be in prison for ruining what used to be the good old USA.
Again, somebody has to do it.
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