Dangerous old men or just silly old men?

5 11 2012

Old soldier General Boonlert Kaewprasit who runs the Pitak Siam group, the latest yellow shirt/no color/multi-color ultra-royalist-rightist front organization seems to be looking for an excuse to back down.

If the report at the Bangkok Post is accurate, then Boonlert seems to be setting himself up for an early exit. He says the “next anti-government rally will be called off if the number of people it draws is likely to be fewer than the target of one million…”.

We know that Boonlert is not all that sharp, but to tell potential supporters that “the number of people taking part will be closely watched. If it was likely to be fewer than the target of one million, the rally would be called off,” is hardly likely to be an attractive proposition.

As we noted in an earlier post, the red shirts also sprouted that number a couple of times, and they were well organized and had huge support, but couldn’t do it. Hence we do not think the yellow, military, and palace old men can’t muster that many protesters.

Perhaps Boonlert’s reluctance has to do with the all too obvious links that have been drawn between him and Privy Councilor General Surayud Chulanont. As classmates at the Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School, co-executive post holders at the Royal Turf Club and proclaimed best friends, they seem pretty darn close.

In addition, Prasong Soonsiri and Boonlert are close to the palace and privy council, so perhaps the links are troubling for the higher ups.

Boonlert may argue that he is trying to get a crowd, but he is sounding increasingly silly. But in Thailand even silly old men can be dangerous.


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