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Revolutionar Post time: 2013-12-2 11:33
So who are these protestors?
Their Army Chief reportedly told his Commander-in-Chief, PM Yingluck, that he cannot order his soldiers to fire at the protesters (public). He may have a point, so how about stepping aside and letting the majority Red Shirts slug it out with the Yellow Shirts? As the death toll climbs with the Yellow Shirts losing, being outnumbered 2:1, he might next say, he cannot stand by to see the anti-government protesters being beaten by the pro-government protesters.
In a true democracy, an officer who cannot enforce the law must resign, because his continued failure to enforce the law equates to being an accessory to a crime against the state, i.e., anarchy, which he might not want to be party to, seeing that he did not demand the resignation of the PM either.
Of course, Yingluck would not want to hurt the public who are mere pawns of the opposition and elite. But if she lets the crooks and anarchists take over, the poor majority who pinned their hopes on the democratic government to defend their rights would be oppressed twice as severely, economically and militarily, henceforth. Choosing to be lenient to the anti-government protesters may bring down a bloodbath on her own supporters. Thus, she may have to break the protests with tear gases and truncheons so that the least number of casualties will occur. The alternative is to see the majority deprived of their livelihoods, their popular leaders jailed or beaten, if not killed, and her country devolve into a bigger blood bath when a civil war may ensue. No good choices. Thailand was never a democracy. It merely had the appearance of such. Now, the ugly side is showing through, when a violent minority demands absolute political authority.
Somehow, this time, her Red Shirt majority is not as active on the streets as when she got elected. That might be another reason for the confidence of the Yellow Shirts. Her own party may have been infiltrated. If so, she should resign her post to the Vice-Minister, and let him take care of the problem, because while her opponents may have lined up a number of turncoats against her, these same traitors may like her Vice-Minister for some other reason of their own, and be unwilling to do the will of the opposition. Finding a successor who can keep the democracy alive, and one day pave the way for her own return, may be the best course. Taking a detour may be more important than trying to climb over a mudslide.