Lessons for Cairo From Jakarta, Manila and Elsewhere (Thailand)

Lessons for Cairo From Jakarta, Manila and Elsewhere – NYT, July 8, 2013
…Thailand offers a salutary lesson: Even after more than two decades of democratic government the military can intervene when it feels its interests have been threatened. The 2006 military coup took everyone by surprise. Yet just as in Egypt today, there were many liberals who embraced the military-led junta because they felt that the army was turfing out a corrupt government. But the legacy of that intervention is a deep societal divide that has bred violence and proven impossible to reconcile…

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