The Economist had an interesting point to make on how governments react differently to different countries. In Thailand, an Australian journalist was charged and detained with lese majeste, that is, offending the Thai monarchy, in a book that sold a few copies. The Australian government is now seeking a “royal pardon” to set the journalist free. The article then concludes:
If this were Myanmar, governments like Australia’s would line up to denounce the arbitrary use of archaic laws and defend the rights of dissidents. Instead, it is meekly waiting for a royal pardon so it can spirit its citizen back home.
-“The trouble with Harry” (link), The Economist