Threatening the military

26 11 2018

Hooray for the Future Forward Party. They are prepared to take on the most powerful of Thailand’s political parties: the military.

The FFP has “vowed to cut the military budget and reduce the number of generals in the army…”. FFP secretary-general Piyabutr Saengkanokkul reckons that “[i]n today’s world, no one engages in wars any more…”.

That’s not quite true, but the notion of punishing the politicized military is a great idea.

What is more important is bringing the military under civilian control. Whatever its budget, civilian control is the critical means of depoliticization.



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