China may gain from West's flawed response to coup
June 29, 2014 00:00
Re: EU suspends mutual visits (June 24).
So the EU is insisting on credible polls and a democratically elected government be in place before restoring proper relations with Thailand. This is precisely what General Prayuth is attempting to do in a crisis situation, but Rome was not built in a day.
Admittedly, the circumstances were very different, but I do not recall prime minister Churchill allowing elections in World War II.
One can imagine what would return if Thai elections were held now: chaos, barricades, street demos, bombs, murders and mayhem. Presumably all that is preferable in EU eyes to the current retrenchment.
Of course, coups are a “bad thing”, but it is difficult to see any alternatives to the May 22 putsch given the public pirouetting of the main politicians and the enormous build-up of secret caches of war weapons.
Presumably the EU is using the hoary old tactic of insulting foreigners to distract attention from its own woes. Angela Merkel and David Cameron are on an unprecedented collision course. Extreme-right parties did exceptionally well in the recent Euro elections and could potentially threaten the very existence of the EU as a federalist giant.
China must be rubbing its hands with glee at the self-defeating silliness of certain foreign governments pontificating on Thai politics.