Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Shinawatra a' go-go:

AP reports:

"BANGKOK, Thailand - The Thai military launched a coup against Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra on Tuesday night, circling his offices with tanks, seizing control of TV stations and declaring a provisional authority pledging loyalty to the king. An announcement on Thai television declared that a "Council of Administrative Reform" with King Bhumibol Adulyadej as head of state had seized power in Bangkok and nearby provinces without any resistance."

He's going, he's not going. He's quiting, he's not quitting. He's in control, he's not in control. Who knows what the hell is going on? Wow, I knew Shinawatra was unpopular, but this is rediculous! It's ironic that this is happening as Shinawatra is hobnobbing with world leaders at the UN in New York. So much for the spread of democracy. Here's another diplomatic nightmare for W. & Co., this time in the heart of Southeast Asia. I wonder how they're going to handle this one. I'm going to guess, badly.

It's bad enough one of the most important countries in the region is imploding, but before this the Tai military was already busy creating more terrorists in the south of the country with their heavy-handed security crackdowns. W. was probably counting Shinawatra as a good ally in the WOT. Not only that but he's one of those 'screw those checks and balances' kind of guy that W. so admires. (Of course, this is probably why he's in so much trouble too.)

But, there was that little problem with Shinawatra's cozy relationship with the regime in Burma. Last year when Shinawatra visited W., some Republicans in Congress wanted W. to rebuke the Tai leader. Rep. Chris Smith (R. NJ) told W. that, "friends don't let friends enable dictatorship," but the White House maintained that the Shinawatra regime was, "a long-standing ally and a democratic partner." [FOX]

W. and Shinawatra were suposedly "concerned" about the Burmese regime's treatment of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, but as you can see she's still under house arrest. Something tell me things aren't going to get any better under the leadership of the Tai military. I guess, we won't be having those Cobra Gold excersizes with the Royal Tai army next year after this.

Well, give it a little time to fade from the public eye and we'll be doing business with whoever is in power, just as long as they keep going after the insurgency in the south. Al-Qaeda may not be there yet, but they will be eventually the way things are going.


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