Coup coun­try

Bangkok Post - - OPINION -

In his/her let­ter of Feb 14, “Elec­tion buf­foon­ery,” JC vol­un­teers the in­for­ma­tion that there have been 19 coups since 1932 (plus of course the at­tend­ing rewrit­ten con­sti­tu­tions) but then ig­nores the pos­si­bil­ity that this is why Thai pol­i­tics is stuck where it is. The mil­i­tary has been in power for longer than elected politi­cians so why is it still so bad?

Out­side of the sin­gle party au­thor­i­tar­ian ex-com­mu­nist coun­tries a neu­tral army and po­lice are con­sid­er­ing vi­tal to the safety and se­cu­rity of a na­tion. In Thai­land, the army is now thor­oughly and un­re­pen­tantly in­volved in pol­i­tics and openly cam­paign­ing. Like­wise, the po­lice have pro­vided Thaksin, Chalerm and oth­ers as play­ers in a vi­o­lent and de­struc­tive po­lit­i­cal game. Now, if th­ese in­flu­ences could be re­moved per­haps the “buf­foon” cit­i­zenry could go about cre­at­ing a na­tion that suits their needs with­out the in­tro­duc­tion of ex­treme vi­o­lence.


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