New form of American warmaking


From Naewna, May 24, 2016
Left: Atomic bomb in Japan
On the bomb: Japan
Middle: Napalm bombing Vietnam
On thebomb: Vietnam
Right: Glyn T. Davies bombing Thailand
The man on the bomb is US ambassador to Thailand Glyn T. Davies.
On the bomb: Thailand
Caption: New form of American warmaking

[This refers to US ambassador to Thailand Glyn T. Davies who has been criticized for trying to intervene Thailand’s internal political situation. Recently, he raised concern about human rights in Thailand during a press conference with Thailand’s Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai. He also raised concern about rights restrictions relating to lese majeste.

Some Thais contended he was acting in an inappropriate diplomatic manner and called on the junta to expel him from the country.

Like most things in Thailand during these times, whether Thais love or hate the ambassador and his comments boils down to whether they support the coup or support Thaksin’s return.

Critics allege fear and repression in Thailand along with the use of the lese majeste laws to silence critics.

This cartoon from the rabidly nationalist and anti-Thaksin Naewna takes the position of those who support the coup. In this camp the claim is either that foreigners do not understand the Thai situation, or more commonly, that the U.S. in particular supports the return of Thaksin for a number of conspiratorial reasons.

Due to an upcoming event, it is very unlikely that there will not be much tolerance for tinkering with lese majeste laws, particularly when anti-monarchy comments have been a staple of some pro-Thaksin groups. It is most likely that the overall national mood will increasing turn conservative and reactionary month by month as trepidation over momentous times come inevitably closer.

For a time, as fanatical devotion reaches its height, it will become dangerous to be seen as a Red Shirt. Thaksin does face a difficult immediate future when patriotism and its defenders will not tolerate his brand of political muscle that uses anti-monarchy rhetoric as a level in political battles.

In the face of such commonsense reading of the events of the immediate future, it does indeed seem strange that the U.S. continues to publicly press the government on the lese majeste issue.]

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