Pandering to the murderous military I

28 05 2018

Two reports in two newspapers and on two seemingly different topics show how the military dictatorship is let off the hook, enjoys impunity and why it continues to maintain the military boot on Thailand’s collective throat.

In this post we look at a report from The Nation. It is from a rather good series that newspaper has had on assessing the impact of the military coup four years on. We’ll look at a fawning report in the Bangkok Post in another post, later today.

The Dictator is soon to head off to Europe “on high-profile trip with business deals high on agenda.”

The general, at the head of a military dictatorship, is in the process of rigging elections to be held sometime in the future, making them unfree and unfair. He has blood on his hands from the murderous crackdown on red shirt protesters in 2010. He has throttled political debate and has wielded draconian laws and junta decrees for his regime’s advantage. But never mind, some of the governments of the EU are dead keen to make business deals.

Sure, they will argue that its best to be open and encourage democratization (by which they seem to mean the junta’s rigged election). That’s cow manure and they should know better or at least speak truthfully.

The report’s opening paragraph explains the junta’s reasons for the visit: Premier Prayuth Chan-ocha:

wants to use his planned trip to Europe next month to raise his international profile as the junta inner circle has seen a softening in the stance of western countries on democratisation to enhance economic engagement with Thailand.”

That says much about the EU and the military dictatorship.

Prayuth is said to be “planning a high-profile visit to France, Germany and the United Kingdom…”. These are all the places that currently get mentioned in the international media as bastions of liberal democracy in a sea of dictators, populists and demagogues. It seems they are far less than they seem, willingly dealing with dictators and complicit in their tyranny.

Here’s another bit of the report that says much about the EU and the military dictatorship:

The EU is desperate to improve its relations with military-ruled Thailand, as it is losing economic opportunities to other competitors such as China, which never makes ideological choices, a senior diplomat said on condition of anonymity.

We can agree on the need for anonymity for the “desperation” is self-diagnosed and the symptoms – Chinese dominance – is something of a beat-up if the actual outcomes of China-Thailand dealing is considered.

It is the military dictatorship that will benefit: “The EU trip … would be a strong confidence boost for the PM amid the changing international political landscape.” It is simply an extension of The Dictator’s electoral campaigning in the provinces! The EU is to be complicit in election rigging.


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15 06 2018
Preparing for The Dictator’s European visit | Political Prisoners in Thailand

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15 06 2018
Preparing for The Dictator’s European visit | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] When his European visit was announced, Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha’s motives were explained. The Dictator: […]