New York Time’s Editorial Board on Thailand’s current crisis

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Thai Intel’s Response to New York Times Editorial:

Since Absolute Monarchy some 80 years ago, there had been a struggle in Thailand between the anti democracy elite establishment and the forces of Democracy. The odds that Democracy will eventually win, came from Thaksin’s inclusive policies, such as populous that linked the marginalized majority of the Thai people to politics. However, the cost to that development was a negative reaction from the establishment, twisting an corrupting everything about Thailand to destroy Thaksin, origin of the favorable odds that Democracy will win in Thailand, in an attempt, to cling on to their anti Democracy agenda. With that reality, this latest series of political crisis in Thailand, has now been going on for about 10 years, with no end in sight.

The purpose of the Yingluck’s government Amnesty Bill, is to re-set Thailand to the time, before the 2006 coup, that started the 10 years political crisis. The “Wrong Moves” by the Yingluck’s government, is not the various problem as the New York Times points out, but the “Wrong Moves” is to be naive enough, to expect the anti democracy establishment, to understand the damage this latest cycle since the 2006 coup, has done to Thailand. Thailand is a Buddhist country, that believes in cycle. The question to Thais, as a Buddhist culture, is how to manage the cycle, to gain some development, as the cycle moves.

In fact, precisely, because of the current risk in Thailand, such as the Democrat Party doing what was expected, in transforming the Amnesty Bill into a move to topple Yingluck’s government, that came overall, after the Democrat Party announced it will take its political action to the streets, the potential disbandment of the Pheu Thai Party by the Constitutional Court, and the likelihood of a civil war between the colors causing another coup, is why the Yingluck’s Amnesty Bill, is such a potentially positive move for Thailand.

The following is from the New York Times:


Thailand’s latest trouble


Published: November 17, 2013

Thailand is again on the verge of political turmoil. An ill-conceived amnesty bill pushed through the lower house of Parliament by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra earlier this month brought many thousands of demonstrators for and against the government into the streets of Bangkok, putting the country’s fragile democracy in peril.

The amnesty bill proposes to pardon almost anyone facing almost any charge arising from the period of political crisis from 2004 to 2010 — ranging from those charged with ordering the killings of demonstrators by the army and police in 2010 to some 25,000 people charged with graft and tax evasion. The bill would allow former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, Ms. Yingluck’s brother, to return to Thailand from self-exile, grant him amnesty from a corruption verdict and restore part of his confiscated fortune.

Mr. Thaksin, ousted in 2006 by a military coup, continues to control the ruling Pheu Thai Party. Ms. Yingluck proved herself to be a mere proxy of her exiled brother by pushing the amnesty bill. The Bangkok establishment — the military, the business community and those around the royal court — fears and loathes Mr. Thaksin, who has support in the rural areas and among the poor. Soon after the demonstrations broke out, Ms. Yingluck backed down and all parties of the coalition government have vowed not to revive the bill. But the opposition led by the Democrat Party still wants to topple the government and continues to fan the street demonstrations.

This episode falls into a pattern in Thailand, with government transitions too often a result of mass demonstrations escalating into violence, then leading to a military coup. Since the founding of the Thai constitutional monarchy in 1932, there have been nearly 20 military coups and attempted coups; as many constitutions, charters and interim charters; and 25 amnesties, establishing a culture of political impunity where recklessness, corruption and even murder become the norm. In more recent years, the politically motivated Constitutional Court has at times moved to disband the ruling political party. The court is scheduled to make a ruling on Nov. 20, which could disband the Pheu Thai Party. Since 2006, the court has twice disbanded political parties under Mr. Thaksin’s control.

The Thai people deserve justice under law, not by amnesty. The Yingluck government, by pushing for the amnesty bill, has lost the confidence even of some supporters. The antidote to Thailand’s history of politics by coups and dubious court rulings is trust in democratic elections and reforms to strengthen the independence of the judiciary.

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