The bomb blew the Eastern Tiger’s stripes off!

Form Manager, May, 2017
Caption: The power of bombs.

[This shows an Eastern Tiger (representing the junta) stepping on a pipe bomb and losing its fearsome stripes–apparently stripping it of the illusion that it is powerful.
This shows the Thai idea that small- and moderate-impact bombings tend to bring criticism on the authorities for not being able to prevent them. Thai-language editorials after the recent hospital bombing, almost universally focused on this very Thai understanding of the bombings. This is the idea that, if the junta cannot maintain law and order, even with its complete power, even in areas adjacent to the King’s funeral and a military hospital, it must be very useless indeed.
It is easy to see how this attitude makes small-scale bombings very tempting for those seeking to destabilize a government.]

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