Looking about and seeing what is being said about the convicted fugitive Thaksin Shinawatra, there is a collection of dots forming that spell out payed to say positive things about Thaksin. What this also says is Thaksin has not let up on his attacks and is still working at dividing Thailand.
There not hard to spot if you are looking for them, those pro Thaksin comments with impeccable English that use a commanding vocabulary found in the Wall street Journal with a Thai name and address attached. It is painfully obvious they are right out of Thaksin’s hired propaganda and image making mill considering that likely 0.001% of all Thais command that level of English. Link here.
Even Thaksin’s spokesman is coming out and saying things that simply do not add up with the known considerations. The comment That Thaksin did not fund the Red Shirts is like saying fish don’t swim. Thaksin has the funds, the motive, and is the only beneficiary to seeing the goals of the Red Shirts achieved. There is no need to even read the rest of the comment because it also does not match the known facts.
Quoting the Bangkok Post;
Noppadon: Thaksin didn’t fund UDD
Former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra did not provide funding to the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD)for its anti-government rallies as alleged by the authorities, a spokesman for the fugitive politician said on Tuesday.
Lawyer Noppadon Pattama was responding to Centre for the Resolution of the Emergency Situation (CRES) spokesman Col Sansern Kaewkamnerd, who said a total of 60 billion baht from 106 banking accounts of individuals and corporate bodies that have close connections with Thaksin was spent supporting the red-shirt political movement.
Mr Noppadon said the accusation was totally groundless.
“The assets belonging to Thaksin and his family were confiscated. The combined money in the mentioned 106 bank accounts was not as much as 60 billion baht as claimed. The story was made up solely to discredit [the government’s] political rivals,” Mr Noppadon said.
Thaksin’s lawyer said the use of emergency law to confiscate people’s assets was a serious abuse of an individual’s rights.
He said the issuing of an arrest warrant for Thaksin on terrorism charges had failed to prevent the ex-premier traveling to various countries. The international community understood that it was politically motivated, he said.
He said Thaksin has hired foreign lawyers only for the purpose of proving his innocence, because he was unfairly treated, not for the purpose of causing Thailand any harm.
On a second note Noppadon also suggest peace talks. So simply analyzing that statement it suggest a state of war exists and it is not a democratic movement. It also suggest Thaksin is the commander of the opposing force, and that itself incriminates Thaksin as the orchestrator of the violence that has been labeled as terrorism.
Quoting the Bangkok Post;
Noppadon proposes ‘peace talks’
Noppadon Pattama, legal adviser to former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, on Wednesday proposed that the government set up a national-level table for “peace talks” so as to achieve genuine reconciliation.
The former foreign minister said he did not think Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva’s five-point roadmap would lead to reconciliation without talks.
Mr Noppadon said people from all political colours – red, yellow or pink – and political groups including the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD), the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), the government and opposition, from the business sector, thinkers, and non-governmental organizations should be invited to get together for talks at a national level to resolve the political crisis.
He said this had been done in many countries, including Afghanistan.
Even such prominent figures as former prime minister Anand Panyarachun and senior citizen Prawase Wasi agreed to solving problems through negotiations, he added.
Mr Noppadon also quoted Bangkok governor M.R. Sukhumbhand Paribatra as saying that reconciliation could not be achieved without Thaksin’s participation.
Before proceeding with the peace talks, all concerned would be required to ratify an agreement to respect the outcome.
There must be a neutral person, who might be from the Senate, to mediate the talks, he said.
Mr Noppadon said his proposal was not Thaksin’s idea, but insisted that the former prime minister supported it.
“I don’t want to say the idea is from Thaksin, but I would say he has no objection to it. This is truly a way out for reconciliation.
“With this idea, even Mr Abhisit, who is a prime minister with a record of seeing nearly 100 deaths, would be able to turn the crisis into an opportunity to create peace,” Mr Noppadon said.
What all this says is as expected Thaksin has not given up and it also suggest he is concerned about the terrorist arrest warrant as he is not sure how it is being received by Interpol. So for now he is using his hired hands to continue his attack. This also says Thaksin will be doing his best to sabotage Prime Minister Abhisit’s roadmap to healing the divides Thaksin is trying to achieve.