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It's their country; let them run it their way

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Submitted by G. (United States), Sep 3, 2007 at 20:41

I tend to disagree with Mr. Pipes this time. What they do in their own country is their own business. They have the right to set the rules regarding entry to their country, as they should have. And we have the right to set ours as well. If we don't like their customs and regulations, we don't have to go there. Similarly, if they don't like our customs, they don't have to come here either.

Of course, these entry regulations are not really up to the airline, but to the customs authorities of the country. The airline, I would imagine, is powerless regarding that matter.

It is important, on the basis of reciprocity, to respect their right to set their own rules, because that leaves to us the right also to set ours. Thus, we won't have to yield to foreign demands to accommodate them in every little finicky thing that they may not be to their liking over here. We've been doing far too much of that lately. I don't rearrange the furniture in your house; don't you come and rearrange the furniture in mine.

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