Military coups make a country like Thailand look bad.
However, our last two coups have helped save the country from the undemocratic and destructive ways of one man: Thaksin Shinawatra.
First, the 2006 coup was staged just a few hours before Thaksin was to deliver a speech at the United Nations General Assembly in New York. On the eve of the scheduled speech, Thaksin appeared onstage at a dinner event arranged by the US Council on Foreign Relations, a think-tank on overseas business affairs and relations that has influence with the US government.
Some Thais did not like what Thaksin said that evening. There were fears that his appearance at the UN would have led to a deepening of the political divide in Thailand.
Second, the coup last month effectively prevented Thailand from slipping into civil war.
The Yingluck Shinawatra government, under the control of her brother Thaksin, turned a blind eye to the accumulation of large caches of war weapons in the country.
At the same time, red-shirt leaders were blindly supporting Thaksin in his attempt to exempt himself from prosecution and punishment for his past crimes by unconstitutionally pushing an amnesty law through Parliament.
Since Thaksin was responsible for causing our latest two coups, he is the one solely to blame.