At 03:57 09/12/2003 -0500, noah wrote: >I hadn't seen that news item before, but it doesn't surprise me. In Thai >culture, it is considered very bad manners to show disrespect toward >anyone, particularly toward your elders or superiors. Since there's no one >superior to the king, to disrespect him is just about the worst thing you >can possibly do. Has "democracy" been ingrained so deeply in America that they can't comprehend any other system of government? I mean, surely it was reasonably obvious that any kind of mocking portrayal of a ruling monarch is going to be trouble? Drew.