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09/06/2014
  • Representatives from all sides of the political divide should have politely declined to meet Prayuth. If he wants to act like a proconsul, he needs to be promptly and firmly put in his place.

     
     
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      Indeed. Except that those on the PDRC side have welcomed the coup — in fact some kind of coup is what they were aiming for all along. So they certainly wouldn’t have any basis for declining the invitation. For those on the other side, well, refusing to join “reconciliation talks” could have been used as justification for even harsher measures against them and their supporters. And now, of course, there is no other side, at least at the leadership level.

       
       
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      And how would you do that? Violent revolution benefits no one and people who win wars are not good leaders as we see all over the world.
      Lets assume that General Prayuth is a smart man who is sincerely trying to broker a peaceful solution that both sides can live with by addressing the issues on both sides.

      Everyone wants economic opportunity and prosperity. Finding the right balance in a globalized world is a challenge for every country.

       
       
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        By polite refusal to accede to his diktats. Truman’s advice to MacArthur is always worth remembering.

         
         
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          Agreed. It shows the value of civilian control of the military to seek political solutions when possible.
          On the other hand, it was MacArthur who helped write the Japanese post war Constitution and he was adamant about his support for workers unions to counter the existing medieval system and Japan turned that into a collaboration process that produced the quality that earned massive global markets.

           
           
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    A Government should be fearful of the people, instead of a Government feared by the people.

     
     
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    Strange that the foreign medias (and disappointingly Al Jazeera) chose to ignore the bust on the red shirts places where the military found M79 (unsurprisingly), RGD5, M67 grenades, M16, M4 (with a silencer), a high power rifle with a scope, and lots of ammunitions and home-made bombs. And, this was before the coup. After 24 deaths and 700+ injured, the police never caught any suspects. Not one. Even though there are some pictures of them flying all over. So, how safe would you feel if you were the protesters? The coup d’etat would save Thailand or not remains to be seen. But, it sure saves the lives of the rice farmers who have not been paid for over half a year now. And, it sure have saves the lives of the protesters from those weapons the military found.

     
     
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      There were arrests in that case; a former special forces soldier and several people who were hiding the guns. There were not any arrests in the case of the drive by bombing and shooting of the yellow shirt camp which leaves it open as to whose side they were on. 
      Both sides have valid claims and they are all Thai people who love their country. What they need is a honest broker to negotiate a deal that the two sides can live with and move the process forward toward sustainable representative government. 
      Thailand has the advantage of pride in their country and their history. They also have economic success and the sympathy of the international community.
      The military has announced that they will pay the farmers and they have called stakeholders together to negotiate a deal.
      I think they need to make the leap from supporting people to supporting ideas and policy. People come and go, but ideas live on.

       
       
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    “Can Thailand be saved by a coup d’etat?

    Thailand’s military seizes power after failure by politicos to resolve months of paralysing protests.”

    As in Fiji the Thai military had to step in at least to try to garner a better result for the citizens as a whole rather than select interests. If they fail what have Thailand lost – Thailand was already in a mess with grenades being thrown into opposing groups.

    The trouble is one side determines Democracy has failed and it appears they may be in part right – as abuses by those elected including the PM became very manifest when the Thailand judicial system forced her from office.

    Democracy is simply a method and alas can inform tyranny just as well as liberty if the constitution which frames it does not account for Human natures propensity for self-interest over Other.

     
     
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    hahaha, thailand is now slowly deteriorating, so PH no more sick man of Asia, but Thailand.

     
     
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    “Garbage lined streets”. That’s a bit harsh.

     
     
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    Time will tell if the head line of this article is right, I suggest full elections in three month’s time.

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