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Coup is neither good nor bad

Re: "Accusations of international bias reveal local prejudice", Letters, June 11.

I beg to differ. There is no prejudice or bias from either foreign media or the locals over the coup. Rather, what we are seeing is the assumption that coups are bad without exception, versus the fact that most locals are happy because the conflict is temporarily halted. Neither is right. In reality, this coup is a necessary evil to cure all our wrongs.

Thaksin Shinawatra should regret until his dying day his decision to push for the amnesty bill and his mistaken belief that Western pressure would prevent the Army from daring to stage another coup. Fortunately or unfortunately (depending on your viewpoint), he had too many foreign mercenary advisers and local lackeys steering him away from the right path - which would have been to quit first and return later, as per Sun Tzu's "The Art of War", which he professes to have read.

The coup is disastrous, according to the ingrained belief of most foreigners and Thai academics - despite the fact that its effects will only be temporary in nature.

"East is East and West is West and never the twain shall meet," said Rudyard Kipling.

I have an inkling that the Army has learned the lessons of past mistakes, and I have high hopes of success this time.

Songdej Praditsmanont

Bangkok


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