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Dismissal of NCPO plan spurs questions about US motives

The United States' dismissal of the NCPO's plan to delay the election for more than a year to allow for political reform and reconciliation to occur emphasises just how little the US understands, or is willing to admit it understands, of what has been going on in Thailand for the last few years.

With the US having an embassy in Bangkok, one must wonder just what information the US ambassador actually passes back to Washington to enable the US government to appreciate the complexities of Thailand's politics, and the reasons behind the protests and accompanying violence that have gone on so long.

Even to a casual observer of Thai politics, surely it is obvious that if an election were to be held in say the next few months without a fully reconciled reform process in place, then the current slew of corrupt politicians would be returned to power, little would change and protests with more violence would almost certainly go on. Is that what the US wants to see? As it is unlikely the NCPO can implement the much needed reforms in such a short span of time, the US should re-think its cursory dismissal of the election timeline and accept that the NCPO needs sufficient time to accomplish what is so urgently needed for Thailand to move ahead.

If the US cannot do that, one must question their motives for pushing for an early election.

Chris Kaye

Bangkok


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