Thailand’s political crisis is just that, a crisis. But when looking at the Thai crisis it is very important to remember that the real reasons are not of face value, and that is why dialog will not work.
The standard response from any civilized government or body is have dialog to sort out your differences. Weather it be the USA, the United Nations or whoever. That standard response is based on honesty on both sides of the feud. But when one sides stated reasons and goals are not the real reasons and goals, even the most enthusiastic supporter of dialog must take pause to avoid being duped.
Over the past 2 weeks, opinions about the Red Shirts true goals have been replaced with hard undisputable events that simply change opinions into supported facts. The Red Shirts are not about installing a democracy, they are about installing a dictator. That now is a proven fact that can not be argued.
The rejection of their most sacred demand being getting Parliament dissolved simply said it all. Together with Thaksin’s political party the Pheu Thai Party suddenly rejecting their goals to rewrite the 2007 Constitution and now seek to bring back the 1997 Constitution that allowed Thaksin to rape Thailand clearly are 2 dots that when connected point to a dictatorship. More points are not needed even that there are several that point in the same direction.
So seeing that the USA and United Nations find it a full time job trying to root out dictators in places like Burma, North Korea and most recently Iran, why in their right minds would they support talks that ultimately will lead to inroads to install a dictator in Thailand.
When you look at the history of the USA, they had no problem assisting Kuwait push out Iraq’s dictator Saddam Hussein. In fact as time progressed it became a Bush family project to bring Saddam Hussein to an end for good. So if you swap out the name President George Bush with Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and swap out Saddam Hussein with Thaksin Shinawatra, and swap out Kuwait with Thailand, you will see exactly the same picture.
Thaksin is all about lies and consistently says opposite the truth. If the real reasons were put out and the Red Shirt overseeing body named “United front for Democracy against Dictatorship” was correctly named “United front for Dictatorship against Democracy”, the number of Red Shirt protesters would be about zero.
So because the honesty prerequisite is not being met by the Red Shirts, talking with them is totally useless as it would be a waist of time talking about issues that are not relevant to the goals. In fact it is not too hard of a stretch of the imagination that The USA would provide some troops to assist the Thai Government in keeping a dictator out. In that case dialog would not even be suggested. The USA is assisting Mexico fighting off the drug lords, in Afghanistan in dealing with the Taliban, and just winding up operations in Iraq. In each case that was people of that country fighting people of that country. The Taliban are Afghanistan citizens just as the drug lords are Mexican citizens. So helping Thais fight Thais is no different.
With that said, a military response from The Thai government is not only appropriate, it follows the present day response of the master model country of democracy being the USA. No government in their right minds likes to shoot their own people, but in this case the Red Shirt leaders have not been mincing their words on stage and have said on more than one occasion ‘come shoot us’. That is not an interpretation, that is actually what they said along with acting in a way to provoke a violent response.