Until recently, few democratic nations other than the U.S. have provided elaborate security arrangements for heads of state and government, and most still do not. The fashion of "pressing the flesh" U.S.-style has spread to other countries. But the traditional reserve and respect toward leaders in cultures older than that of the U.S. still often hold sway, as do moral and social restraints on aberrant individual behavior. Besides, foreign laws' often permit authorities to be tougher, locking suspects up arbitrarily when they think trouble may be brewing.

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