Re: “Pheu Thai will ban military conscription if voted in”, National August 28.
What a gimmick! They must have forgotten that the de facto power in this country is vested in the military, not an elected government.
Here, you don’t mess around with the armed forces, and especially not with conscription. Each year about 500,000 young men are called for compulsory service and the military can take about 100,000 – meaning 400,000 are let go. Do you think they are let go for free? Or for fee?
If Pheu Thai win the election and dare to ban conscription, I can guarantee you it will be ousted faster than it can spell “coup d’etat”.