It is very apparent that the red shirt supporters of convicted fugitive Thaksin Shinawatra are very single minded. They have ignored the fact that they have lost arguments and some of their topics have already seen closure, however they still continue to argue as if they were still unresolved.
Either this is very good or very bad depending on how you look at it. In the very good column, the fact that they have no new material or points to argue, says the Government is on the up and up and performing within the rules of law. In the very bad column, it means no matter what you say or do, the red shirts have an agenda and they will look to carry it out no matter who it hurts.
Point in note, on Tuesday April 7 in Pattaya Thailand, the red shirts set out to make a scene. All there banners were in English and some of their speakers were speaking to the English crowds. They paraded around Pattaya and eventually set up on Beach road in the middle of Pattaya beach. It was very obvious they were playing to an international audience. The topics they talked about were along the lines of the military record of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva. They were hoping to find people who did not know that Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva’s military record had already passed the test. Other such points also were debated and passed the test in the very recent censure debate.
If given the chance no doubt they would contest assorted court rulings that went against Thaksin, but because of the almost certain jail sentence associated with challenging the court, they have limited their attack on the courts as at lease one of them has already overstepped the line and now faces contempt charges. Only topics that almost certainly insure repercussions are being avoided.
The red shirts had very young children with them, and coupled with Thaksin’s encouragement to bring children along knowing full well the likelihood of violence simply reeks of Human Shields. At the very least this is poor judgment on the part of these children’s parents. Meanwhile Thaksin is safe far from the action.
The fact that the Thaksin’s red shirt army seems to lack the ability to see common sense and that they continue to drive on simply spells a sad day for Thailand.
Connecting the Dots sees some dots that are still somewhat hidden so this looks to be one of our calls on what is one of the possible paths Thailand may take. Thailand must pass a few more forks in the road before this particular choice.
The fact that Thaksin was so quick in mustering such a huge show of force in such a short time, simply says Thailand may not be ready yet for the full open democracy and more specifically the sudden intense elimination of corruption. Many of the red shirts benefit from corruption in some way. The sudden change Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva is implementing may be too sudden for Thailand to assimilate. That would mean problems for sure, but again, Thailand must pass a few more forks in the road before this particular challenge is addressed.