Recently some videos were uploaded in YouTube.
They were aimed at royalty of a particular Asian country.
It seems all of the offensive videos originated from the West.
The videos are crude and low class.
And the spurt was supposed to be caused by the jailing of a Swiss man.
Some say it is about freedom of speech.
Some say it is about gross punishment that exceeds the Swiss man's Lese Majeste act.
Some even have conspiracy theories, that it was engineered by the present junta, so that YouTube will be blocked. Because recently, the properly-elected-prime-minister whom the junta deposed by military force, has been uploading videos to reach out to that country's citizens. The idea is to create an excuse to block off YouTube so that the former prime minister's video talks cannot reach the citizens of that country.
It may be the West's anger that an Asian nation had the temerity to jail a European. And the West want to show their might through cyberspace.
It does remind us of the historical event when European powers extracted Hong Kong from China for 100 years after an upright official burnt the opium that was trafficked into China by the Western powers at that time.
I surmise that if the Michael Fay affair had happened now, Singapore's leaders will likewise be the target of offensive videos in YouTube, planted by Western users.
There is a way to resolve this.
Google being the owner of YouTube can EXPOSE the identities of the people who uploaded these videos, give their names, photos, where they stay, where they work, which country they come from, etc....
If not openly, then at least to Interpol or perhaps the government of the country whose royalty is attacked by the videos.
Then leave it to them to follow up.
The country's incensed citizens will know what to do with the uploaders of those videos. The latter need not visit the country to feel the consequences. The affected country's citizens will go and look for them in their home country. And deal with the problem appropriately.
By doing this, Google will be able to let users of YouTube self-regulate.
Can you imagine what would happen if some idiot posted similar videos that are just as offensive to a certain religion which has a penchant for suicide bombers; and is well known for declaring death penalty on authors (ask Salman Rushdie).