News that Suthep Thaugsuban has sent a letter to US President Barack Obama reassuring him that the Thai protests are pro-democracy has become the biggest joke of 2014. The international community will certainly laugh out loud at it.
Suthep is not pro-democracy, he is only pro-himself. He was deputy prime minister when the previous Abhisit administration ordered the deadly crackdowns against red shirts in 2010. Abhisit is also a disappointment, his skills as a prime minister falling far short of his genius as a campaigner. The Democrat Party will not win the election next month, so it sees the rallies as the only way to preserving its political interests.
Thailand is notorious for being the Land of Coups. The military has staged 18 coups since 1932. It is only a matter of time before the military strike again. Achara Deboonme is right in saying Thailand’s key areas of reform should be education, the judicial system and the military. The anti-government mobs fail to touch on these three areas, but instead try to destroy electoral democracy by inciting violence. No wonder democratic countries feel disgusted by Suthep and his supporters.