Coup d'Thai

written by treybean on September 19th, 2006 @ 09:14 AM

Adrees Latif/Reuters

Today, while Thailand’s Prime Minister was preparing to meet with world leaders at the U.N. General Assembly, his country’s military performed a coup, peacefully seizing control of the capital Bangkok.

The most interesting thing here is not the coup itself, but rather the similarities between the conditions in Thailand offered by retired Lt-Gen Prapart Sakuntanak as reason for the dismissal and conditions in the U.S today.

Take it away Prapart:

“Never in Thai history have the people been so divided,”

“The majority of people had become suspicious of this administration, which is running the country through rampant corruption,”

“Independent bodies have been interfered with so much they could not perform in line within the spirit of the constitution.”

Hmm, a divided people? A majority of those suspicious of the administration, suspicious of corruption? Executive power grabs infringing on the constitution? Questionable elections? Does any of this sound vaguely familiar of the last 6 years?

Of course, I can’t help but be reminded then of our differences; where they seize back control in an effort to restore democracy and the values they hold dear, we sit back cozying up further and further in our ever-warm disenfranchisement. Mmmm – disenfranchisement.

I wonder if Bush is going anywhere soon?

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