Reuters’ analysis of the political, social and economic risks currently affecting Thailand: http://graphics.thomsonreuters.com/gfx/Risks/Thailand.pdf and risks to watch in all Asian countries: http://blogs.reuters.com/andrew-marshall/2010/08/10/risks-to-watch-in-asia-country-guides/
It seems to me that the PAD and the UDD each just want their own way to the exclusion of everybody else. Somestimes I wonder if they want to live with each other at all. At the end of the day, nobody is going to achieve anything by beating each other since they all live in the same society. The problem will never be solved by one side winning. It is only going to exacerbate the situation. I can see why khun Abhisit proposed the reconciliation. Here is my comment on Bangkok Recorder:
“We all know that the PAD and the UDD don’t see eye to eye and there is no way that the two sides will ever be on the same wavelength. Be that as it may, if they want to move the country forward, all parties need to find a way that everybody can agree upon. It seems to me that these two groups each just want their own way. But they need to realise that the world does not revolve around them. There are other Thais who simply want to get on with their lives and their voices should also be heard. I think Abhisit knew that he would take some flak for his Road Map. But Thailand needs to find a way out of this political fiasco and he was obliged to come up with something to alleviate pressure and prevent futher damage to the country. Being able to compromise is part and parcel of becoming a mature, democratic society. Everyone needs to consider each other’s wishes instead of resorting to throwing tantrums.”
“Look , what’s going on in Nakhon Panom as local red shirts are preparing to leave for Bangkok to join the mass rallies on Sunday.”
Via: the Nation
There you are my fellow countrymen who are fighting in the name of so-called democracy. No wonder they are overly eager to participate in the mass rally this weekend.
“BNP to consider non-white members“, according to the BBC.
I find it very hard to comprehend their way of thinking. Even in this day and age, there are, apparently, still characters like these who do not accept people from different races in their society. What is the matter with them? Do they genuinely think people from different ethnicities are inferior beings? If that is the case, it is not dissimilar to Nazism then? I suppose these Stone Age beings are never going to be worried about how people label them or what people accuse them of. Then again, bigotry and hatred exist in every nook and cranny of this world.
I desperately want to see this Abhisit versus Veera – Thaksin’s current number one assistant – debate. I cannot wait to see someone making a fool of himself on television. This is definitely going to be fab. More about this story can be found on Suthichaiyoon via the link.
The picture is taken from Suthichaiyoon
Poor old Thaky never ceases to amuse me. Life seems to have been a constant struggle for him ever since he made a run from Thailand. Yet he does not appear to be giving up the battle easily. Now look what he has got. I bet it must have been such an honour for Nicaragua to grant our dear old retro-Prime Minister a passport. He surely needed another one after orchestrating the events in Thailand in April. Not many countries are going to welcome him any more. Then again, I have forgotten that money can buy your love, and even a new passport!