Updated: Dictating II

30 09 2014

A dictator is a “ruler who wields absolute authority. A state ruled by a dictator is called a dictatorship.” General Prayuth Chan-ocha is Thailand’s dictator.

Because he is a dictator, Prayuth can pretty much do what he wants. Dictators do have advisers and puppet assemblies, yet it is The Dictator who makes decisions.Prayuth

These simple facts make it sad and yet amusing when some elements of the media and academics think that the military dictatorship is some kind of reasonable government.

At The Nation it is reported that the leaking of 173 names claimed to have been selected for the National Reform Council (NRC) “clearly signify political bias and social exclusion, which could lead to unfair reform proposals that will make all reconciliation efforts fail…”.

Really, who didn’t know this, even without seeing a single name? The dictatorship has made its position clear.

One academic who seems not to have considered the military regime a dictatorship is Mahidol University “peace expert” Gothom Arya. He says”it would be impossible for a junta-appointed NRC to achieve reconciliation.” Gothom should know that this was never on the junta’s agenda. He advises “the NRC could organise events to foster dialogue and national reconciliation.” Why would the NRC do this. It knows it is a puppet council and is only there to provide a legitimation of the decisions already taken by the military dictatorship.

Gothom is right to observe that the “NRC would eventually deliver conservative proposals…”. This is not for the reason he cites – “the members chosen were known conservatives” – but because it is a puppet of the junta.

Then there’s the anti-democrats of the Democrat Party who lap at the boots of the military dictatorship. A “[f]ormer Democrat MP Attawit Suwanpakdee said judging from the names, he believed they could contribute to an effective and fair constitution.” He’s making this up, hoping that the military’s constitution will allow his party to finally win an election.

Chamnan Chaneyang, said to be an “independent law expert and a member of the Midnight University,” is far closer to the mark when he says “the purpose of establishing the NRC was for the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) to gain public approval and credibility, pointing out that the NRC would not have any real influence on the country’s reform.”

A former Puea Thai Party MP Amnuay Khangpha said “he wasn’t sure if the NCPO wanted to establish peace and reconciliation, or if it wanted to create another crisis.” PPT reckons they military isn’t interested in any of these options; it simply wants to control Thailand’s future for the royalist elite.

Update: In case readers were confused by the Democrat Party response to the puppet NRC, its leader, the tainted Abhisit Vejjajiva has confirmed support for it. Abhisit “urged the public to give the NRC a chance to work.” While hardly anyone takes Abhisit seriously, he felt the need declare: “For now, we should let them work and support them…”.


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8 10 2014
Rewarding the anti-democrats | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] (fake) National Reform Council (NRC) will be stuffed full of the military’s political allies. Some time ago PPT posted from The Nation, stating that the leaking of 173 names claimed to have been selected for the National Reform […]

10 10 2014
Dictating IV | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] earlier Dictating posts are here, here and […]




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