Suthep Thaugsuban might well shed tears at the death and injuries suffered by PDRC protesters since the surge of violence began last Friday. But he should not be surprised at this turn of events.
It is axiomatic that soldiers’ lives are the cost of waging war, and it is usually the common foot soldiers who suffer the most casualties because the generals ensure that they themselves are well protected.
Amid claim and counter-claim for responsibility for the violence, there are allegations that it was members of the PDRC itself who threw the grenades and fired the bullets.
Likewise, neither Suthep nor anybody else should be surprised if this proves to be the case. Military history has many examples of generals knowingly sending soldiers to certain death as part of feint strategies to win the bigger battle.