A Letter From a Patriotic Thai in Reply to Kantathi's Fake Reconciliation Campaign
( Last edit 2009-04-25 )
Kantathi Supamongkol, wearing a peace-keeping heroic knight uniform but still serving Thaksin, calls for a Fake Reconciliation in Thai society from overseas.
This below is a letter of a patriotic, Vichai Whangnaitham, who daringly and beautifully reveals how deceitfully Kantathi, hiding in California, is proposing a fake reconciliation between right and wrong.
The peaceful protesting against the Thaksin Shinawatra’s Government in early 2005, and the peaceful protesting against both Samak Sundaravej’s Government and Somchai Wongsawat’s Government that started in May of 2008 are not a Hate Campaigns. They were rallies which were organized by the People’s Alliance for Democracy(PAD) , a group of Thais who could no longer stand the abuse of government power, the widespread corruption, and the immoral acts by those corrupt governments.
The Courts have ruled that both the Thai Rak Thai Party, and the People’s Power Party (the successor of Thai Rak Thai Party) have violated the Thai Election Law of the Thai Constitutional Court and both parties have been dissolved by the court. Both parties manipulated and fixed election results to benefit themselves. When they took power, they controlled the majority of media in Thailand by paying large sums of money to media outlets. Those media outlets ignored the facts and supported the illegal activities of the corrupt government leaders. PAD reported the numerous corrupt activities of Thaksin Shinawatra and his fellows to the public at the rally. That was just the beginning of PAD’s efforts to expose Thaksin’s illegal activities. It was as if PAD had lit the candle to destroy the darkness of Thaksin’s lies and propaganda.
The objective of the 193 days of peaceful protesting against the Samak Sundaravej’s Government and Somchai Wongsawat’s Government, the brother-in-law of Thaksin, by the PAD in May 2008 was to keep the Samak Sundaravej's Government from amending the constitution. The People’s Power Party wanted to grant amnesty to all Thai Rak Thai members who were punished and banned from any involvement in Thai politics because their illegal acts had violated the Thai Election Law. Additionally, Thaksin and many in his cabinet had been under the investigation for numerous illegal activities and had abused government power for their own benefit. There are many pending cases against those Thaksin’s regime politicians, and they realized that the results would turn negative for them including Thaksin himself.
During the protesting of those two governments by the PAD, most of the violence was caused by the Thaksin’s Regime who was in power at the time. The tragedy on October 7, 2008 killed and wounded innocent people. The Somchai's government ordered police to use violent force and weapons against the protesters. There were many deaths and injuries as the result of their barbaric acts.
Sure, one of the PAD’s purposes was to bring down the Thaksin’s Regime Governments. The reason was simple: why would you want to let the corrupt government run the country when they had manipulated the election twice?
The vote buying and the manipulation of the election results in Thailand are the most difficult problems to solve. This is due to the economic problems, the lack of education level of the people, and the freedom of the press. The PAD has tried to come up with many ideas to solve this problem by coming up with a campaign called the New Politics. This has been their obstacle and challenges because greedy politicians have mislead the Thai society that the election itself is democratic. However, they purposely ignore many others fundamental rights that have been suppressed like the freedom of political expression, freedom of speech, and freedom of the press.
Thaksin Shinnawatra fled Thailand just right before the Thai Supreme Court sentenced him to two years in prison for abuse of power in allowing his wife to purchase a plot of land at a government auction when he was still in office. Since then, he masterminded and supported numerous of illegal political activities
in order to continue asserting his power in Thai politics, but all of those acts have been a failed.
In March of 2009, Thaksin masterminded the protest against the Democrat Government. He publicly supported the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), known for wearing red shirts, to cause a chaos in Thailand by carrying out violence and terrorist activities. His objective was to use the bloodshed as an excuse to request the King of Thailand to intervene and grant amnesty to all parties involve. He hoped that he would be immune from liability of pending cases against him in which investigations had already begun.
Mr. Kantathi, you purposely misled the public that the peaceful protests of the PAD and that the terrorist acts by the UDD, which supported by Thaksin, were the same. You had also made an accusation that the current Thai government has applied a double standard for these two different actions. Your article is clearly biased for the benefit of your previous employer and his people.
Mr. Kantathi, you unfairly refer to the words, “Let us press the reset button”, of the U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, that she used for the deteriorating relation between the US and the Russia. This is too convenient for you. The current situation in Thailand is between right and wrong. It’s not the conflict of the relationship between the two parties. You have manipulated the fact by borrowing her words. You requested Thais to stop debating who was right and who was wrong. You realized that Thaksin’s regime is losing and the truth will be revealed soon, don’t you? Do you think that Mrs. Clinton would use her words, “Let us press the reset button,” for the situation between the U.S. government and the Al-Qaeda?
Mr. Kantathi, in my opinion, all eight proposals you made for the fresh start for Thailand are the requests of the those who have lost the fight, politically, morally, and ethically. The government must proceed with the rules of law. The Thai justice system must making findings of fact and make the judgments by applying the law to those set of facts. Anybody who breaks the law needs to be punished. This should apply to both ordinary citizens and especially to politicians. There is no “win-win” situation in this case. The justice must be served. Thais must realize that the PAD protesting and the UDD’s terrorism acts are not the same. The “zero sum game” can not be used to compare these two different actions.