Identifying traitors and spies

14 11 2009

The Nation has come up with another of their odd editorials that mixes rightist nationalism and hatred of that “devil” Thaksin Shinawatra. In this missive (The Nation, 14 November 2009: “Trampling on national dignity for Thaksin”) the editorial writer points an accusing finger at more traitors in the Peua Thai Party.

Because Peua Thai lawmakers went to see Thaksin in Cambodia, they are considered to have betrayed the motherland in several ways. Not least, they cozy up with the enemy Cambodian leader Hun Sen, betraying the nation: “Giving Hun Sen full approval for his action, the politicians have all but shown contempt for the sovereignty of Thailand, which is under the control of the Democrats.” These Thais were “with Cambodian leaders … just as a Thai citizen was being arrested and accused of spying.” By doing this, and meeting Thaksin, they are accused of “undermin[ing] the courts that are supposed to represent our political system – the implications are much more profound.”

Chavalit Yongchaiyudh and other Peua Thai politicians “defend their leader, not Thailand’s reputation.” The Nation says: “They are playing a major role in a dangerous diplomatic situation by making it easier for Hun Sen to not take a step back and reconsider his own actions. While Thai reporters covering the controversial Thaksin visit in Cambodia were barred from attending his address to businessmen on Thursday, the red-shirt group’s TV station in Bangkok managed to air the entire speech to its audience in Thailand.”

Wasn’t it Hun Sen who withdrew troops? Oops, sorry, that was a “ploy” that no one could fall for. Of course, The Nation is embellishing on the Thai journalists being hard done by bit. Maybe The Nation should watch more red shirt TV?

The Nation continues to flay about over the incomplete extradition letter to Cambodia. Readers might find this a useful backgrounder on extradition.

Update: The Nation (15 November 2009: “Military denies report about arrest of its spy”) has another one of those immediate and incomplete denials that raises questions. All the more so when it comes from the Thai military who regularly have a kind of Sgt Schultz response to any accusations against their personnel. This time, when the Cambodians claim to have grabbed another Thai spy said to be from the “Armed Forces’ Security Centre” and apprehended at the “City Angkor Hotel in Siem Reap where ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra stayed during his visit to Cambodia…”.

An Armed Forces spokesman “said no one by the name of Manit, as claimed by Cambodia, worked under the centre.” He went on to speculate that the Cambodians “had slandered the Thai Armed Forces and called on Cambodia to identify the last name of the person arrested.” Its when these kind of things are said that suspicions are raised – we’ve got no Manit spying, but we might have spies with other names….

The spokesman “urged the public to use discretion and not believe any information without checking, as the country may fall victim to ill-intentioned groups.” There’s those traitors again.

As relations get worse between the two governments, Thailand is preparing to evacuate its people.


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