Time: Was the Bangkok Hospital Bombing a Rare Glimpse of Turmoil Within Thailand’s Military Regime?
Sort of implies military turmoil without really having any content in the article. Even the title of the article is a hedging question.
The interesting and engaging Khoasod website sticks to its pro-Red Shirt and anti-junta slant in Reaching for Blame, Police Connect Bombings a Decade Apart.
The article conflates bombings falsely pinned on Red Shirts in recent years with the 2007 bombings (thought to be the work of a certain general). It is implied that all should be considered as examples of unfairness to Thaksin.
However, they are correct in the assertion that the April 2015 and 2015 Erawan bombings were not connected to Red Shirt politics–conclusions that were apparent right from the start despite attempts to create fake news from the events.
Despite the drumbeat of anti-junta articles from iconoclastic reporters like Pravit, its not really clear if Khaosod is pro-Red Shirt or if it just tends to a more Western editorial bent that often ignores what is really underpinning events in Thai culture.
This is an American viewpoint that considers free speech and elections good and anything else worthy of contempt. Accompanying this is an excitement for irony and outrage over governments actions.
(The Khaosod site also has excellent world news and pop culture coverage that is light years ahead of the Nation and Post’s coverage in terms of reader appeal.)
The Nation, never quite aware of its own Thainess and how to explain this to the rest of the world, has an editorial that unintentionally shows how, in the Thai world, moderate-scale bombings and unrest reflects on the government in power–not on those who committed the act.
In this conception, peaceful protest or violent bombs are simply the result of pressure that impinges on peace and unity.
This is the idea that those impacted by the junta have been pushed too far and, in Thai style, feel compelled to act. And thus the junta only has itself to blame.
The Nation: Hospital blast exposes junta’s frailty
The junta’s response has been a typical mishmash of denials and attempts to downplay it all–along with the perennial assertion that tourism has not been impacted.
And here is our own analysis: What do these bombs mean?