I received this email circular and thought it was worth adding to the forum for your reading....A message from an American expat who worked &stayed in Thailand.... An excerpt from a recent post I made on The Daily Beast:I'm an American and live and work in Bangkok for an internationalcompany. I have lived here for 6 years and have been in and out ofThailand since the early 90s. The international press has notunderstood the situation here nor reported on it with any kind of realcomprehension. The real situation is that the Red Shirts are a verysmall group of uneducated bumpkins with an obsequious desire to returnthe ousted PM Thaksin to power. Thaksin's money is paying each of them2000 THB a day to keep the protests up. What's so ridiculous is thatmost Thais are against this because bringing Thaksinocracy back is tobring back gross corruption to the politics here. Thaksin was aself-serving megalomanic who bought his two previous elections andlater stole an billions of THB from Thailand and the Thai peoplebefore being ousted. The Red Shirts scream for democracy - but theydon't even know what it means. It's absurd and everyone here knows it.The real problem now is that the police are 90% in support of Thaksinand the Reds, so they won't do anything to curb the protests andviolence. The military, which is very powerful here, are on the fencebecause they are about 50/50 behind the Reds and the Kingdom. Therehas been sporadic violence but the biggest problem we face is thedamage to commerce. With the two largest and most popular commercialareas being closed due to protests for 3 weeks now, retail business,hospitality and the tourism industries are losing about 1.5 billionTHB per day. The Reds are doing nothing but hurting the Thai economy,the Thai people and themselves. Current PM Abhisit is an intelligent,respected Oxford scholar trying to find a solution through the properchannels of negotiation while trying to uphold the law.A bit more:One part of the whole Red Shirt's argument is that the Red's arescreaming for democracy - true democracy - and yet I doubt they evenknow the meaning of true democracy. I've heard rumors lately that theywould actually like to see an end to the Monarchy here. A truedemocracy does not require the ousting of its monarchy. England is aperfect example of a parlimentary democracy with a monarchy and itworks just fine. If the Red's are against the venerable HM Bumipholand would like the monarchy to go away, I would issue them fairwarning. This would be a difficult battle for them that they couldnever win. HM The King has never been a threat to democracy here andhas never ruled Thailand or made any demands on the Thai people. Hispresence is reveared and appreciated by all. He has never told theThai people to do anything - only asked graciously. He has donenothing his entire life except love his country and try to improve thewell-being of all. HM Bumiphol is more like a father who holds theThai citizens in his arms with true love and caring. HM The King wantsnothing in Thailand but peace and serenity for all. if this is theirultimate intention, the Red Shirt's can only fail at the notion ofremoving such a great, gentle, intelligent and kind man from thethrone. I encourage all the Thai people to stand up against the Red'sin every way by showing your support online, in rallies and with yourwords. Take the lesson from your King - Be true and honest, fair andgood. Support our highly capable and intelligent PM, Khun Abhisit,protect your King and Queen and do not let these Red buffalo destroythe land, the name or the prosperity of this great and enduringcountry.
Thanks… AUS and US Thanks...Khun Sawasdee for this article.
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