Friday, May 23, 2014

The Courage to Fight -- and Die --- for Westernization

Suthep Thaugsuban is a leader of the anti-democratic forces in Thailand. He has wanted a military coup since he began leading the violent anti-government demonstrations calling for replacing the democratically elected government with an unelected council of thugs. On May 21, General Prayuth Chan-ocha of the Thai military granted Suthep his wish by overthrowing the government of Thailand According to a recent report, the military has "shut down a dozen television stations and thousands of community radio stations, and it ordered the rest of the media to suspend critical thinking—banning journalists, for instance, from interviewing anyone not holding an official position." This military coup is the 12th one.

A large percentage of the Thai who oppose democracy are actually ethnic Chinese, not ethnic Thai, according to a recent op-ed in the "The New York Times". The overwhelming majority of protestors who, in Bangkok, demanded the termination of democracy are members of the "ethnic-Chinese middle-class". While the Chinese tear down democracy in Thailand, the ethnic Thai watch in silence. The Thai people must wake up. They must react. They must fight the predominantly Chinese anti-democratic forces.

Surely, the many students at the elite universities of Thailand must know how European democracies operate -- and how the Europeans fought for and died for democracy. No one gave wealthy democracies to the Europeans. They struggled greatly to build such democracies.

Of all the people in Thailand, the students at the elite universities know best the aforementioned facts about Western democracies and have the greatest responsibility for fixing the broken system. What should the students do? They should arm themselves with weapons and should kill the prominent members of the anti-democratic forces in Bangkok. Before Thailand can become a wealthy Western democracy, the monarchy, the royalist soldiers, and other such anti-democratic people must die.

Those soldiers who support the Westernization of Thailand must mutiny against the royalist soldiers. A civil war that kills the people opposing Westernization is the only way for Thailand (1) to end this continuous cycle of military coups and (2) to begin the process of transforming Thailand into a wealth Western democracy like Japan. Yingluck Shinawatra and her brother, Thaksin, have worked hard to try to build such a democracy in Thailand.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Division of ethnic Chinese and ethnic Thai into anti-democracy and pro-democracy camps is simplistic and wrong.
Not to mention that many pro-democratic, pro-reform prime ministers have been ethnic Chinese, including Yingluck Shinawatra, Thaksin and Chuan Leekpai!