I Find I am Worried About Thailand
Today is Thursday, March 18, 2010, and maybe there is a small stupid war in Thailand, I am worried a small flame could turn into a bonfire; it is possible for stupid to become even more stupid, this is no limit to the power of stupidity.
I am by default a citizen of Thailand, not literally, but in many ways, I love this country. I argue with the country, the citizens, and at the end of the day, I claim some form of ownership. I have visited or stopped over in Thailand so many times, I would say it is one of my homes away from home. It is one of the perils of being a Global Citizen, you start to care for all countries, I cannot just ignore countries, and all of them slowly live in my memories or daily thoughts.
Panajachel, Guatemala --- Thursday, March 18, 2010
By Andy Graham of HoboTraveler.com
What is Happening in Thailand?
Thailand is like any other country, there are many groups of angry people, and sometime one group grows large enough that it can cause troubles for the whole country. The present problem with the Red Shirts, who are more ore less followers of Thaksin, a billionaire telecoms tycoon who now lives abroad. He left the country in 2006 and while he was gone, the country had a small non-violent military coup. For the last few years, the country of Thailand has been seizing his money, seizing his property and denying he ever done any good for Thailand.
The Red Shirts are supporters of Thaksin Shinawatr, the former Prime Minister; he has billions of dollars and probably can send money to this group to fund their protest.
My guess, it there will never be any peace in Thailand until someone kills Thaksin, because the Red Shirts have continued hope that Thaksin like rule of the country will return, Thaksin refuse to walk away…
Thaksin Was Good and Bad
The problem is this, Thaksin lead the nation into prosperity, and while he did this, he probably put billions of dollars into his pockets. He ran the country more or less, as if it was his own business, and by using his political position, he made great business decisions. Generally, when a politician is also a business owner, there is always a conflict of interest. Thaksin was different, what he could see clearly, he realized, he understood, if he made the country succeed, he could also succeed. In normal countries, money is made at the expense of the country completely, in normal countries, the Prime Minister or leader becomes ungodly rich, gives money to all his close friends and family and more or less kills and shuts up all the small people. Thaksin help the poor, middle and rich class and in the end made himself one of the richest person on the planet.
The USA is not a normal country, underdeveloped countries are normal. 85 percent of countries have a daily wage under 10 dollars, the other 15-20 percent are called developed, but they are not normal, they are privileged and abnormal, all this will change.
Everyone is For Sale in Thailand
It is possible to conquer many countries on the planet, because one person can buy maybe 30-100 strategic people off, and then take over the country. If Thaksin could somehow pay or convince the major leaders of the country to stand down and not oppose him, he could come back into power, take over the country and all the strategic Red Shirt leaders would become rich.
I am jaded on this buying people issue; I believe almost everyone can be purchased. I see writers say things just to sell a camera, the normal person will say about anything for a few dollars of profit, just imagine what you could get leaders to do for a million dollars. People believe then are clever when they make money from people who do not understand, this is not clever, it is corruption of their spirit.
What is going to happen in the future of Thailand?
I tend to hope, someone just kills Thaksin, and the King lives on for another 10 years. This would allow people to forget and life would return to normal in Thailand. I personally see Thailand as the moving force in Southeast Asia; it is the center, the Capital of this region. It is the meeting place of all people who love Asia. Although Japan and South Korea have the money, this is not where the voice of Southeast Asia lives, it lives in Thailand. Singapore and Hong Kong are more like Mafia ran countries, just the intermediary counties that are conduits that allow the western countries to do business with China.
Thailand is not a democracy, the country is ran buy money, and the present leaders need to buy off the correct people. I am do not believe they are as smart as Thaksin, herein lies the problem, they will all fight with each other all wanting to be the next leader to rape the country, while Thaksin is one person, a bigger force.
Somewhere, Thaksin is alive and talking too much, he needs to remember he loves Thailand and walk away from the country for the sake of Thailand. Power is a horrible addiction, when a person needs power to feel ok, they often will just follow the power to their own self-destruction. Look at Saddam Hussein in Iraq as an example, he was rich and then gets himself hung, this is truly just some form of low esteem problem, whereby the leader believes he is more important than his people.
What is my concern, all the business of Southeast Asia, China, the Philippines, Singapore, Hong Kong and all the world needs a stable Thailand. If the Red Shirts could create a nationwide riot, the people of Thailand would tear their country into small pieces.
In the midst of confusion, the confusion can turn into a mob, and then groups of small people can become leaders of nations. Fame and power, there is something ugly in humans, people want their face to be on the cover of the book, every small person somehow believe they are a somebody, while in reality all of us are a nobody. (Castro in Cuba.)
There is no solution, every small person on the planet now believes they have the right to tell the leaders what to do, nobody keeps their mouth shut. I personally will continue to search for isolated places like Panajachel, or Indiana, away from cities like Bangkok or New York where people dream of unlimited power.
Thaksin, please go into hiding, you made your run, please stop, fall on your sword, do something noble, you did a good job; to continue will only cause greater problems. Leaders must love their country more than they love themselves.
You think this only happens in Thailand, the USA is going nuts over this joke of a Health Program, everyone has their hand in the cookie jar, nobody is being noble, and they are working to look good at the cost of the country. Obama talks like a King, not like a democratically elected president, he wants to rule by Charisma, the ugly power of Charisma.
I will go drink my cup of coffee today, and avoid people who talk with too much passion, with some belief they understand the planet. Rage is running rampant in society, take a look around you, can you see rage in the eyes of your friends, do you feel a current of anger under the table. Everyone has some rage, some people search for reasons to be angry. I personally try to find reasons to walk away from people filled with rage. I do like it in myself; I do not like to see it in reader’s comments.
One of you will read this and find a reason to be angry, another will read this and find reason to relax and enjoy life, think about it, who are you?
I Find I am Worried About Thailand