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Fantastic news!

Re: "Prayuth refuses to rule out a military coup", News, December 28.

I am reminded of the words of Hank Paulson, US Treasury Secretary during the 2008 financial crisis: "If you have a bazooka in your pocket and people know it, you probably won't have to use it."

General Prayuth Chan-ocha has put it clearly: You two better behave for peace, or else.

Who will lose if there is a military coup? The country and the Shinawatra family and their cronies, while Suthep Thaugsuban would smile with glee.

Now, my humble recommendation to PM Yingluck Shinawatra is to ignore all the advice around you and resign, because further loss of life - even one life - is untenable. That would be in accordance with the Constitution and leave governance temporarily to our civil servants. You can come back as a life-saving statesman and with your honour intact if you are confident that the North and Northeast will always be yours. With a coup, you would have no room to negotiate, and be forced to leave Thailand in shame.

Songdej Praditsmanont


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