Thailand's cuddly junta
If you care about democracy worldwide you should be giving this story attention. The world is now very much inter-connected, and you can bet that military regimes everywhere, including Thailand's junta, have studied the events in Egypt carefully, just as democratic activists studied Tahrir Square. And if the Thai Generals pull off the feat of seizing power in Thailand and holding onto it, against the express wishes of a geographically concentrated 60% of the country, the Red Shirts/UDD in the North/Northeast, you can bet other elites will study up. For example, our own, and why not? A general can dream!
Two tweets. First, Red Shirt/UDD/former government members are still in custody:
@Thai_Talk ..these photos remind of various hostage photos from the world's media over the last 10 years.....see we have him...everything OK
— Kris Koles (@KrisKoles) May 27, 2014
Indeed. And then this:
— ThailandWatch (@ThailandWatch) May 27, 2014
Dear Lord, it's like the mortgage crisis, isn't it? Remember how the banksters would horribly abuse some homeowner, be forced to back off, and then swear the homeowner to secrecy as a condition of the settlement? Doesn't give me a lot of confidence in this junta.