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Selective criticism common in political arguments

Ref: "Rare farang wisdom", Letters, yesterday.

Songdej Praditsmanont makes a fair point when he highlights the government's lack of shame. He is of course being selective in his criticism, but I don't blame him for that. It's a common theme in political debate.

For example, he will no doubt remember Suthep Thaugsuban's callous "they ran into bullets" reply in 2010 when asked to comment on the death of red-shirt protesters.

Neither he nor Abhisit Vejjajiva has, to my knowledge, ever expressed any contrition for the people killed and wounded by the security forces they deployed during the 2010 crackdown.

Yes, I know there were casualties to security forces too, but many unarmed demonstrators, and others, died as a result of indiscriminate and undisciplined gunfire from troops.

The deaths of medical aid workers at Wat Pathum Wanaram were a particularly appalling example.

As for Praditsmanont's taunt that certain contributors to the Letters page wouldn't get their efforts published in a provincial newspaper back home, well, if offence is intended, none is taken.

Robin Grant

Bangkok


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