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Why this time could be different

Re: "Public embraces junta", Politics, June 23.

Your unbiased analysis is a must-read for people like US Foreign Secretary John Kerry and EU foreign ministers.

In my firsthand experience of many coups, especially during Sarit Thanarat's days, the euphoria at the initial stage is always notable, since all ills appear effectively corrected and disgusting politicians and lackeys are taught a lesson. However, public gratification was always short-lived. But this time I think and hope it will be different. My optimism is prompted by the-iron-hand-in-a-velvet-glove approach, which has never before been so well planned and effectively implemented.

The proof of the pudding will be whether the junta is willing to take reform far enough so as to prevent authoritarian money politics and cronyism prevailing in our society ever again. For starters the coming election must be held under new, fair rules and with total transparency.

Songdej Praditsmanont

Bangkok


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