Who's really losing face here?

In his Aug 12 letter, Michael Setter said: "If, in exercising this responsibility, it causes others to lose face, well, that's just too damn bad."

Why people in "the East" must think the same as people in "the West" is beyond me. Do you imply Western thinking is better? Why should Western rules and behaviour be copied in the East?

This is the arrogant Western mind forcing itself on the East; colonialism ended some time ago, but it seems some are still afflicted. "When in Rome" is much older than whatever Einstein supposedly said. Avoidance of conflict is prized in the East; confrontation is the Western game -- see what it brings us nowadays. The world seems to be on fire because of this.

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