To choose the Thaksin regime is to guarantee the death of democracy for Thailand’s foreseeable future

Thai coup holds promise of democracy – latimes.com, May 27, 2014

[This is an extremely unusual piece–especially to see in the international media which usually sticks to a narrative along the lines of the New York Times op-ed which contended that the “trouble really began in 2006″.]

…To justify opposition to the coup requires support for Thaksin, a man who would brook no opposition, not even from the palace, and who would rule with an iron hand as long as he — or those he chooses to succeed him — lives.
Personally, my surprise is that the general has waited this long. He has played his hand carefully, declaring a neutral martial law one day and taking power in the next. The army has not produced a general of such widely regarded competence in half a century.
To choose the Thaksin regime is to guarantee the death of democracy for Thailand’s foreseeable future. To support the army, may, just may, be the only way to restore it. It has been a general historical truth that regimes bringing order at least make a democratic transition possible. The converse is seldom true. Permissive regimes tend to lead to crackdowns that doom enlightened rule.

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