Former foreign minister Surakiart Sathirathai is reported in the Bangkok Post on the Truth for Reconciliation Commission’s forthcoming report on the Battle for Bangkok in April and May 2010.
Surakiat spent most of his time as foreign minister lobbying to have himself made secretary-general of the United Nations, and soon after the 2006 coup managed to convert himself back from a pro-Thaksin Shinawatra minister to a buddy of the junta’s government. His palace links must have assisted greatly. We think his greatest claim to fame is having the most enormous ego in Southeast Asia.
In this report, Surakiat is quoted as “an adviser to the TRC.” He is said to have “voiced concern that the TRC report may be exploited to launch criminal proceedings against former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and Democrat MP Suthep Thaugsuban.”
We wonder how Abhisit and Suthep are reacting to the idea that they are named in a manner that could lead to prosecution?
He went on to say that “bringing criminal charges against Mr Suthep would not help the national reconciliation process.” Rather, Surakiat thinks that a “public apology would be a better way to reconcile political differences…”, explaining that: “To apologise and forgive is not to let the perpetrators go scot-free…”.
We guess that Surakiat is suggesting that the royalist elite, which has never had to apologize for anything – killing, injuring, abducting, torture, its jails, its ill-gotten gains, and so on – may feel deeply embarrassed by having to apologize to the citizens of the nation they consume with gay abandon (yes, they are the terms we mean). Frankly, we think that this elite boy’s club has to be controlled and curbed, not by more back-rubbing and winking, but with measures that tell the elite that the country is not theirs alone, and they must learn that there must be limits to their greed and impunity.