2010 Thaksin's Terrorism
Return of PAD
( Last edit 2010-04-00 )
Following May 3's Abhisit's surprise declaration of roadmaps to reconciliate with UDD to end the two-month long protest started on March 10, 2010, which led to 8 major violent incidences with 29 deaths and over 1,400 injured (as of May 10, 2010). Still, the fortified and well-armed camp-out rally site at Raj Prasong remains. People have been exchanging their views through various means on the internet. Below are some minor adaptation of the echoing forward emails.
Khun Abhisit's resignation or parliament dissolving or constitution amendment, etc. will not solve the problem. Thaksin's death will.
Whether the demonstration will end in peace or with lot of death and riot or became a division of the North Thai and South Thai, it's all up to how the government and army solve this problem.
What Abhisit did also did not solve the problem. We are urging him to do the job he promised to do.
Many will say it's easy to say but it's hard to do. Agreed. Anyway, if Thailand PM and or Army Chief can not do this and can not do that, it's better that they do not apply to be the country leaders.
In many ways, I like him. Still, he has to prove that he can do what he supposed to as the leader of the country.
I know how you feel. I am as much disappointed and frustrated at the seemingly inept and indecisive policies and measures the government under Khun Abhisit has taken that allow the chaotic situation to remain unresolved. Many have urged him to use force to disperse the demonstrators. Many have urged him to dissolve the parliament. Patience running thin, many said they no longer support the Democrat Party and called for him to resign.
As an ordinary observer, I have pondered the predicament the Prime Minister has faced. And I have asked myself these questions:
1. Gen Anupong denied his bosses’s order to use the military to disperse demonstrators during Samak and Somchai governments. Again, under the current crisis, he repeatedly voiced his intention not to “hurt the people”. If Abhisit tells him to “do” it, will he do what he was told?
2. Without the military support, can the police force “do” it even if the “tomatos” were removed from the front line?
3. Should for whatever reason the Military agree to “do” it, can they do it without any loss of lives? Can they prevent arson, looting and destructions of properties around Rajaprasong intersection?
4. When lives are lost, can we expect the red shirts to stop, forgive and forget? I suspect not. They will come back. If the government is strong enough to suppress any mass gathering anywhere in Bangkok and in the provinces, they can and they will resort to gorilla warfare as in the south. Imagine what it will be like if bombs go off every other days in shopping malls in Bangkok, Chiangmai, Korat, Songkla, etc.
5. If Khun Abhisit resigns tomorrow, will the anti redshirts quietly welcome Khun Chalerm, or Khun Banharn, or Khun Chawarat as PM?
6. If Khun Abhisit dissolve parliament tomorrow, will the country return to peace and normalcy?
Social division and disturbances in our country has reached the point conventional wisdom can no longer be relied upon. The unprecedented magnitude of opposing forces, of complication and diversity of issues involved, calls for unconventional measures to at best initially alleviate the conflict and hopefully resolve all the issues in not too distant future.
Dear PM Abhisit,
I am not sure whether I shall be glad that you are going to restore peace to our Nation with a hug and kiss to the three leaders of UDD, or, I shall be sorry that you will let go all the bad guys,
those who are terrorists,
those who killed innocent people,
those who caused so much damages to the country's economy,
those who caused so much damages to innocent people who lost their jobs or their small businesses,
those who ruthlessly broke in Chula Hospital causing the worst relocation of the patients,
those who make me and many other Thais here and overseas unable to sleep, but to live with fears,
those who make many children unable to go to schools and some have their lives changed because of the effects on their entrance examination,
those who try to put our beloved king in an unpleasant situation, etc.
But, there are 2 things I am sure of:
You are irresponsible and leave the burden to the future.
If Thaksin is alive, and the bad guys did not win the next election, they would come back.
You have set a president case that people could be as bad terrorists as they wished and they could get away free, if they had few thousand people mobbed around them.
The conflicts captured by the people in red are real? What you are going to do will really solve those conflicts? Don't lie to yourselves.
Democrat Party has no hope.
I put all my bets in this party from the first time I had a chance to vote. Some times, because I had no choice.
You are the only hope to make a dramatic change to the party and the Thai's politics. If you can not get things right, then, people will loose their faith in laws, in you and in your party.
From the starting of the current turmoil, I said that you, as the Prime Minister, must be the leader of the country, not a leader of your party or the coalition government.
Our country has the great King who has done so much for the country. If you decided not to do anything for me, for the rule of laws, for the innocent people with losses above, AT LEAST, YOU SHALL NOT LET DOWN OUR BELOVED KING. YOU MUST NOT LET ANYONE GO FREE AFTER DOING SO MUCH DAMAGES TO OUR GREAT KING.
Last but not least, I hope that you will not just amend the constitution just to serve your party and or your coalition parties.
As a PM who can not get the rule of laws straight, I hope that you get lost after this.
Sorry, to be this straight forward but I am much sick with politicians who put our country and our beloved King up and down, just to have their seats saved.
Supported you, I DID. Good luck.
Dear PM Abisit,
I appreciate your efforts to restore peace to our Nation, despite of my own preference to strictly adhere to rule of laws, and will do my best to support you by all means.
Good luck and take care.
Dear PM Abisith, and Minister Korn,
This morning you said decision was made, but actions, if implemented, under your instructions have not been effective.
Many people feel sorry, having paid taxes and donation to the Democrat Party, for your Gov to grant an extra
250 million Baht budget to the Police Force who has failed to perform duties to maintain internal peace and security.
It's shameful that the situation had been under-estimated, and again you might have under-estimated reactions of the suffering Thai people who may not be able to hold their patience and anger any longer - prevent a declared Civil War!
Show your leadership and 'Take Visible Actions' for 'Effective & Immediate Results' to restore faith of the Thais who support you and the Government asap.
Dear PM Abhisit,
A settlement among politicians,without an ultimate exercise rules of law against terrorists and unlawful protestors, will lead to not just an end of trust in yourself and the Democrat Party, but a stronger opposition by the majority who has once supported you. "Time and Tide Waits for No Man!"
The message herebelow was sent by a British professional in Chiangmai. It's worth a read.
With the current turmoil in Bangkok, most of you are probably unaware of what is happening in the country. Here is the situation:
In the last few days, following the lead of taxi drivers flying red pennants on their cabs, local householders have started flying red flags from their gateposts. Located 30 kilometers from Chiang Mai in the heart of Thaksin country I expected to find myself surrounded by a sea of red (like a white homesteader surrounded by Hollywood Indians). But this is not what has happened. Instead, lots of people have started flying the Thai tricolor and the yellow King's flag (or the blue Queen's flag). These Tricolor yellow flag combinations are taken as a sign the the householders are opposed to Parliamentary dissolution and against the red shirts. Most of our anti-red friends have been out looking for Thai and Kings flags but they are difficult to find as most shops have sold out.
In Ban Guard (the nearest town to where we live) there are hundreds of flags out, however, yellow flags out number red flags by about two to one. In the nearest village there are no flags except at the Pooyaibahn's house (he put up a yellow flag two days ago) and at house of the local boss (the local racketeer who runs a construction company), strangely the local boss is also flying the yellow flag. There are no flags in three other near by villages. On the main road into town, yellow flags outnumber red flags by about three to one. Most of the houses belonging to the wealth people fly the yellow flag, but many small wooden Chabahn houses are also flying the yellow flag.
The Thai flag and yellow flag is, of course, flown by Government buildings such as schools. However, these institutions are flying a lot more of these flags than they used to. Also the interpretation of these flags is not unambiguous. A Thai flag entails only the the householder is patriotic, a King's flag entails only that the householder is a Monarchist. However, in the hundreds of houses surveyed we only found one that was flying the red flag along with the Thai flag and the King's flag.
At the moment the thing looks like a split between Monarchists and Republicans.
The foreign press seems to be crediting the reds with overwhelming support in the rural North. This is clearly not the case. If Thailand descends into civil war it will not be a Red North versus a Yellow South, the battle will be fought out in every town and village of the North.
Ban Guard used to have a office used by the red shirts, today, when we passed it, there was nobody there and it looked as though it was permanently closed. The houses on either side were flying the Yellow flag.
If the flags are significant, the fact that 95 percent of houses are flying no flags is possibly even more significant. I strongly suspect that the citizens retain their political indifference. The majority of the citizens we know have told us that they vote for whoever pays them the most. During the nowhere near a million people red rally in Bangkok, one of the local red shirt organisers told us they were paying 1,000 baht a day to the people who would go. Three days into the rally he told us that they were out of money and that everybody would be coming home, which they did.
The Chiang Mai protesters went down to Bangkok in buses they did not drive down on their motorcycles. At the airport showdown most of the reds where travelling by motorcycle. Whoever they are, I think you will find that very few are from the North. Of course, they will always have some old token Chiang Mai citizens on hand to talk to the foreign press.
On a personal note, we are not flying any flags. My wife is so disgusted with Abhisit's failure to take decisive action they she refuses to do anything that might be construed as support for him.
I'll keep you all posted on the flag fight.
So far, we saw some progress. “PUBLIC PERCEPTION” is the most challenging part to manage. While millions of Thai people were fooled that they were always treated unfairly. On the other hand, they have terrorists hidden among innocent people, and just wait to find any events which they can ‘make-up’ as evidence to mess the country more. Battle is not only this Ratchaprasong. I’m so hurt in this battle, but don’t want to be hurt more by counter-attack or continuous civil war.
I believe that it is the time to protect Thailand to be ONE. It will take time, but all good guys should trust each other especially our leaders. NO EASY JOB or EASY WAY out. So far, “As good as it can be” in my view.
I recommend that we still should support our PM against such tough problems of our country.