Kasit disoriented

9 02 2011

The Nation reports on an appearance by Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya at a “seminar on Thai-Cambodian relationship at Parliament held by the Senate committee on foreign affairs.”

Kasit went on the attack. Notoriously unprepared for public appearances, Kasit speak off the cuff and, it seems, with little thought. This time he also seemed remarkably disoriented about which country he was attacking.

He “called Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen a bully boy who launched attacks against Thailand with hope to seize control of the disputed plot near Preah Vihear Temple.” Of course, it has been the Thai side under the Abhisit Vejjajiva government and at the urging of ultra-nationalists of the People’s Alliance for Democracy. For a recent account of the PAD position versus that of the current government, download this largish PDF, in Thai.

Kasit claimed that the “conflicts between the two countries happened because the Cambodian government incited hatred among its people towards Thailand. Kasit said the Cambodian government told its people that Thailand had been bullying Cambodia during the past 600 and 700 years.” Is he confusing Thai school textbooks and PAD’s rhetoric with that from Cambodia?

Kasit appeared to reject international intervention, saying that “Thailand should have learnt a lesson from Cambodia winning the world court’s ruling related to the Preah Vihear temple.”

He then attacked Hun Sen and claimed that he launched the “battle” that began on 4 February. Kasit says that alleged attack was successful “probably with help from other countries like Russia, India and China.” He claimed Hun Sen’s aim was to get international involvement, hoping for another win like that in 1962 at the World Court. Thailand is dead scared of this. Kasit trumpeted his own readiness to “defend Thailand in all venues.” He then proclaimed: “We should not forget that we have the US a true friend.”

And just for good measure, Kasit claimed: “Although Cambodia created perception that it was harassed by Thailand and tried to win sympathy from the International 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 far-fetched.

Marvelous and almost deranged stuff from a minister who must be disoriented by the attacks from his buddies in PAD, who now see him as one of those in the orbit of “evil politicians.”


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