The survey numbers speak for themselves, Thais are tired of the separation in Thai society driven by Thai politics. However the one key player who does not want to see reconciliation has the ability to keep that from happening.
For a long time now people in Thailand simply knew the convicted fugitive Thaksin Shinawatra was financing the division in Thailand for his own personal gains. In fact so much so there are plenty of creative satirical emails floating about depicting Thaksin as the man pushing the buttons and moving the leavers behind the scenes. The hatred of Thaksin is so overwhelming that even just hearing him open his mouth, the impulse to stop him right there in a physical way is a singular primary desire. If you are a good read in body language or not, you can clearly see people’s muscles tighten and fists clench when Thaksin opens his mouth.
So as expected and even before the ruins of Thaksin’s rampage had even stopped smoking, and the dead victims of Thaksin’s sponsored violence have had their funerals, the pro Thaksin political party Pheu Thai Party (PTP) has endorsed a censure debate of Prime Minister Abhisit and a few others along with an impeachment motion. It is clear that the PTP fell short of their goals and what they expected. The telltale of that is the PTP canceled a previously planned censure debate because they were convinced the Red Shirts would be successful in overthrowing Abhisit and his government. The only bright side to this is as time moves on, the regularly scheduled 2011 elections moves closer reducing the desire to force an early election.
Without a doubt this signals Thaksin’s arrogance and goals are still intact. It also says that Thaksin’s temper tantrum is far from over. There are plenty of theories of what will happen next. The biggest anxiety is what will happen when the Bangkok curfew is finally retired. There is a concern that the Red Shirts will simply move underground and commence guerilla warfare. For them to even suggest another rally in Bangkok is likely to lead to a lynching of anyone who would even suggest the idea. The scars of their last rally will be around for well over a year as the demolition and rebuilding of downtown continues.
The one thing that says this will go on is the lack of remorse from the Red Shirt leaders. As far as it seems thus far, their task of burning Bangkok is not yet done.
So as much as the Thai people want to get politics out of their lives, Thaksin will not let it happen. Even the international support of Abhisit’s road map is just another indirect way of saying they support Abhisit and despise anyone who would seek the contrary without mentioning Thaksin by name. For the most part that says the world is listening and perhaps will take a more assertive stance in clipping Thaksin’s wings with international political influence.
The goals of Thailand are not extraordinary. The desire to live a peaceful happy life without social division is common in all cultures. For that to happen the one man must be silenced one way or another, and clearly the mass majority of Thailand cries for this remedy if the surveys are an accurate indicator of the pulse of Thailand.