Re: "US officialdom likes Thailand very much", Letters, July 17.
Ken Albertsen’s explanation of the US distaste for non-elected people with guns dislodging an elected entity is understandable, but also misleading in its simplicity.
First, that so-called elected entity lost its mandate last December 9 with the House dissolution. (The coup was on May 22, when the political vacuum had become explosive.) So the coup happened when there was no elected government.
Second, despite the lack of checks and balances and cries of foul from the West, peace and stability have returned. In a Nida poll conducted in June, 41 per cent of respondents chose coup leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha to become interim prime minister, while former premier Anand Panyarachun was a distant second with 8.5 per cent of the “votes”. Why? In the two months since it ousted Yingluck Shinawatra, this “dictatorial” government has accomplished so much that it is the envy of past governments.
The general has not missed a beat so far in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Thais are not so dumb to bear unreasonableness or the perpetuity of Army rule for life.
With a few words, Anand said it all, that the coup is all right so long as it doesn’t “stay too long”.