PPT read a report at Khaosod and checked the date. No, the 1st of April has passed, so we think the report is not an April Fools’ Day joke. Rather, we think it cause for adding an Army Fools’ Day every 27 May, for as long as Thailand suffers under a military junta.
The report states that that “[a]mbassadors from twelve countries are visiting Bangkok today as a part of the Foreign Ministry’s effort to form a new diplomatic bloc that promotes Thailand’s standing in the international community…”.
Spokesman Maj.-Gen. Weerachon Sukhonthapatipak stated that the bright sparks at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs believe that by inviting (and paying for) so-called Friends of Thailand to visit Bangkok is about “creating a network of alliances for Thailand” that will “promote” Thailand’s military dictatorship at the United Nations.
Who are the Friends of Thailand? They represent “Antigua and Barbuda, Burundi, Central African Republic, Comoros, Dominican Republic, Gabon, Ghana, Kiribati, Hungary, Nauru, Vanuatu, and Cameroon.”
Significant powers with great influence? Hardly. Some are also on this list. Some might suggest that these are diplomats for hire.
Still, The Dictator and Prime Minister Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha met with them to “explain” Thailand’s “period of national reforms” and said there would be “an election by September 2016.”
Weerachon later explained that “representatives from all twelve nations expressed support for Thailand’s military government.” Not just that, but they “spoke with one voice, that Thailand is a good place to live, and it is full of friendship…”.
Weerachon went on to propagandize that the diplomats “also gave moral support to the administration, which has clearly proven to them that it is working to benefit the Thai people and spread happiness. The diplomats unanimously agreed that in order to move the country forward, stability and national security have to come first, then other things will follow.”
Apparently, the “Friends of Thailand” were well-behaved and “did not ask any questions” about human rights.
Who was it who wrote the script for this nonsense? Yes, the junta-directed Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Who believes them? Why does it matter? How much did the junta pay for this “support”?