Updated: Invade Cambodia!

9 02 2011

Prachatai has a very sad, very mad, story on yellow-shirt leader Sondhi Limthongkul, all frothy around the mouth, apparently calling for an invasion of Cambodia.

The People’s Alliance for Democracy leader is reported to have spoken to supporters at the Makkhawan Bridge, adjacent to their old occupation ground at Government House. Criticizing Abhisit for being weak and witless, Sondhi claimed that Thailand was missing a “chance” to take a “military advantage before conducting any negotiations.” He said this was a “war.”

Chamlong Srimuang (L) and Sondhi Limthongkul (Reuters photo)

He demanded that the air force be allowed to show itself – apparently it already has – and demonstrate its power. Sondhi reckoned that the “Thai armed forces should move forward to seize Battambang, Siem Riap, Angkor Wat and Koh Kong. And then, in negotiations which would be arbitrated by China and ASEAN, Thailand would barter them for Preah Vihear and force Cambodia to adopt the watershed for border demarcation instead of the 1:200,000 map…”.

Sondhi rejected any diplomatic solution: “Thailand must wield its greater military power when it has to.” And he chastised the government and military leadership: “[To] whoever says that we’re mad for war, none of us sitting here want our children to [go to war and] die, but to die for a great cause, to protect the land, is worth it. We have 300,000 soldiers who are better equipped than Cambodian soldiers, but we lack the guts, because the senior military figures serve evil politicians. Today, [Defence Minister] Gen Pravit Wongsuwan is not a soldier, but a politician who says anything for political gain.”

Thai soldiers die “because Thai generals are not decisive because it conflicts with their own interests, such as exporting petrol to Cambodia or selling goods along the border. The Thai military must hold on to the nation and the throne, not Gen Pravit, because nothing is more important than the nation, the King and the Queen…”.

Sondhi again demonstrates the vital link between ultra-nationalism and royalism.

Meanwhile, at The Nation, Pravit Rojanaphruk takes a different line. While Sondhi talks of the deaths of soldiers being wasted by evil politicians and calls for more deaths through an invasion, Pravit says the “casualties were truly needless.” Challenging the ultra-nationalism and knowing that it is used for political purposes, Pravit adds: “This is not a time for Thais to unquestioningly unite behind their leaders but a time for calm, inquiry, scepticism and firm denunciation of war, no matter which side actually started it.” He adds:

The people who died or are suffering are not the political leaders or generals in Bangkok and Phnom Penh, or the ultra-nationalistic, war-mongering, yellow-shirted People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) and its Cambodian counterpart, but poor villagers and low-ranking soldiers from both nations.

It is at times like this that we should best observe how blind and petty nationalism can be.

Decrying blind nationalism, Pravit says: “We first must ask who stands to gain the most from initiating such a conflict. We must also ask why can’t the issue be resolved peacefully…. Was this whole affair initiated by some Thai generals in order to make the situation spiral out of control and thus perhaps give an excuse for a Thai military takeover of the civilian government again?”

For Pravit, the whole thing is just altogether “too fishy, considering Veera and company’s recent sojourn to the sensitive Thai-Cambodian border and their subsequent arrest, and the call for military action by the yellow-shirt PAD.”

Update: There’s some background on the border events and politics here.


Actions

Information

5 responses

9 02 2011
Tweets that mention Invade Cambodia! | Political Prisoners in Thailand -- Topsy.com

[…] This post was mentioned on Twitter by NEWSpace, อิสระภาพ แห่งข่าวสาร. อิสระภาพ แห่งข่าวสาร said: Invade Cambodia!: Prachatai has a very sad, very mad, story on yellow-shirt leader Sondhi Limthongkul, all froth… http://bit.ly/hLgUL4 […]

9 02 2011
Kasit disoriented | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Community, Thailand would not allow Hun Sen, a bully boy, to bully Thailand…”. Read Sondhi Limthongkul, and the idea of little Cambodia bullying Thailand seems somewhat […]

9 02 2011
World Spinner

Invade Cambodia! | Political Prisoners in Thailand…

Here at World Spinner we are debating the same thing……

23 01 2014
Does he protest too much? | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] course, the anti-democrats hate Cambodia and Cambodians (and fear their alleged skill with “black […]

23 01 2014
Does he protest too much? | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] course, the anti-democrats hate Cambodia and Cambodians (and fear their alleged skill with “black […]




%d bloggers like this: