Military and human rights

12 09 2009

The Bangkok Post (12 September 2009: “Gen Chaisit backs military coup”) has some reporting on the rumors of a coup while Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva is off in the U.S. doing a round of boosting for Thailand and at the U.N.

Jatuporn Promphan, a leader of the United front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), predicted a military coup while Abhisit is away – a kind of flashback to the overthrow of Thaksin Shinawatra on 19 September 2006, when he was also to speak at the U.N.

PPT can understand the political significance of remembering the date and using it to worry the Democrat Party, but when  former army chief General Chaisit Shinawatra says that he “would support another military coup if it can help the country get out of political crisis,” we can no longer see any political advantage. General Chaisit apparently added, “The coup-makers must settle social division, create the right path for the country and return power to the people as soon as possible…”. Chaisit, like so many of his military brothers, suffers tunnel vision and lack of memory.

As the 2006 coup leader General Sonthi Boonyaratkalin emphasized recently, old soldiers just never seem never to die, at least politically. As Chaisit proves, politically, they never seem to learn anything either.

Generals repeatedly demonstrate that they are dumb politicians (and many of them are just plain dumb). Their military training encourages an unwarranted arrogance and their experience of military command usually means that they are beholden to other interests and that they be grasping and corrupt.

Coups in Thailand do not improve human rights or to find a political path that might in any way be considered a “right path.” Military coups are regressive and repressive.


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