Royalist racist Vasit at it again

22 12 2011

Prachatai has a revealing article that confirms the old royalist police general Vasit Dejkunjorn remains a right-wing racist. In the past, Vasit has opposed Thaksin Shinawatra, opposed elections, and more.

As background on Vasit, we quote some material we posted many months ago: He is a long-time palace favorite and once the Chief of the Royal Court Police for the Thai royal family, Under the military junta’s government he was assigned to break Thaksin’s alleged political hold over the police force. He was also a favorite of the Democrat Party. Michael Montesano says this of Vasit: “Briefer of CIA director Allen Dulles during the latter’s late-1950s visit to Thailand, veteran of anti-Soviet espionage in Bangkok, long the Thai Special Branch’s leading trainer in anti-Communist operations, and palace insider at the time of his country’s most intensive counter-insurgency efforts, Police General Vasit Dejkunjorn ranked among Thailand’s most important Cold Warriors.” His own background in the shadows of the Cold War did not prevent him from being of an office holder at Transparency International in Thailand. Vasit remains a warrior for the palace in his columns in Matichon and as a royalist speaker. For a very short time Vasit was deputy interior minister for Chatichai Choonhavan being raised from his position as deputy police chief. Vasit has been “retired” for years, but keeps popping up in strategic locations. His political views reflect the position of the palace. For examples of his royalism and extreme views, see here and here.

This political outing by the aged Vasit is in Matichon where he attacks the US Ambassador and the United Nations Office of Human Rights for daring to make comments on Thailand’s lese majeste law. Vasit attacks Ambassador Kristie Kenney. While PPT has also attacked her on her pathetic weakness on Article 112 and specifically the Joe Gordon case, Vasit’s attack is of quite a different order as he stoops low in a racist attack.

He claims Kenney can only “know and understand other peoples and countries … superficially…”. He cites “Kenney’s degrees from various universities, [and says] … that he doubted whether those universities’ curricula had provided her with enough understanding about foreign countries including, in particular, Southeast Asian countries, and made her sufficiently aware that ‘the Thais’ feelings toward their King are completely different from those of Americans toward the President of the United States of America’.”

It seems that no American can possibly understand the “feelings” Vasit thinks Thais have for the king. Perhaps someone should ask Vasit how he knows anything about what Thais really think. After all, he has led a cloistered life in the service of the palace and with spooks and the elite.

What Vasit means is that he can’t understand how an ambassador, and especially an American ambassador could possibly oppose lese majeste when the US played a large role in creating the modern monarchy and has supported the military elites that are twinned with the monarchy. Kenney cannot be forgiven for even the mildest break with the authoritarian royalists.

On the UN’s Ravina Shamdasani, Vasit dismisses her as “seeming quite young and looking Indonesian or Malay.” Vasit seems not just racist but suffering from the senility that comes with age when he feels the need to observe that “both Kenney and Shamdasani may not know that the Thai King has been enthroned by succession in the dynasty, not by election for a four-year term like the American president…”. We imagine he means such a statement to be taken seriously and can only think that he is either senile or attacking them as women who can’t possibly understand the most obvious of things.

He then parrots the usual royalist nonsense about the monarchy as an “institution which unifies the whole Thai nation and guarantees the continuity of the rule which has lasted for over 700 hundred years…” and that lese majeste is about “national security.” Such royalist malarkey is presumably believed by some. But the real meaning of this junk is simply to manage the interests of the royalist elite that refuses to share power.

What is clear is his warning to Thais: “Especially in Thailand where the King is ultimately loved, respected and worshipped by the Thai people, such acts [lese majeste] are deemed the ultimate offence which is not forgivable by the Thai people…”. Of course, no one elected Vasit to a position where he is entitled to speak for any Thai people, but that doesn’t stop this dangerous royalist. He adds: “A certain number of ungrateful Thai people are trying to destroy democracy [sic.] with the King as Head of State. If the US or the UN are of this opinion or support this, they should know that the Thai people who worship and want to protect the King are ready to be their enemy and will fight both the US and the UN…”.

This is a serious royalist position. He may be in his dotage, but Vasit’s declaration of war against Thais and foreigners who think differently from him is a reiteration of the civil war theme that royalists engaged in in early 2010. All notions of liberal royalism are ditched and the fight soon becomes vicious. Every royalist faction is now mobilized behind lese majeste as if amending a dangerous and draconian law was an attach on the whole edifice of the monarchy. It wasn’t that at all, but it is now.


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16 03 2013
Debating lese majeste at PBS | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Dejkunjorn. PPT has posted on this former royal policeman and royalist activist several times as a royalist racist, a royal spy, part of the cabal of palace intriguists, as propagandist for the monarchy, and […]

16 03 2013
(Momentarily) Debating lese majeste at PBS | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] Dejkunjorn. PPT has posted on this former royal policeman and royalist activist several times as a royalist racist, a royal spy, part of the cabal of palace intriguists, as propagandist for the monarchy, and […]

30 04 2013
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[…] to hate this speech. The hissing began almost immediately, with the Bangkok Post reporting that the racist royalist flunkey Vasit Dejkunjorn “accused the prime minister of ‘telling a lie’ and of uttering […]

30 04 2013
Updated: (At last) Yingluck stands up | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] to hate this speech. The hissing began almost immediately, with the Bangkok Post reporting that the racist royalist flunkey Vasit Dejkunjorn “accused the prime minister of ‘telling a lie’ and of uttering […]