I received the following analysis of the crisis in Thailand from a friend of mine who regularly travels through south-east Asia:
“It seems that the Thai’s do not learn from the mistakes made in history because they are not required to study it. What they really need is history to be made a compulsory subject in all schools and also a central marriage registry so that a man cannot have many wives and families in different provinces. This will stop the corruption that exists on both sides of politics. Salaries and incomes are based on an individual only having one family. However, due to poverty, there are many women who are prepared to be the second wife. Corruption money is then needed to support the other families and the ones doing it are those who make the decisions including politicians, police and soldiers. They need a strong leader who can re-organise their society from the ground up.
The government of Thailand is in crisis at the moment. The opposition party has lost the last 9 elections. They have not won an election for 21 years. They were installed by the last military coup until the people told the army what to do with the army’s choice of government by electing Yingluck with an overwhelming majority. The opposition has effectively taken their bat and ball and gone home refusing to play anymore. The country is safe so long as you avoid the hotspots where the protesters are making trouble. If the pro-government crowds ever assemble the crowds will be twice as big. Yingluck has been doing a good job under the circumstances. If the Thais respect democracy they should wait and vote her out at the next election. If you start forming mobs to try and overturn an elected government that was elected by an overwhelming majority, you set the precedent for your own demise :- “Live by the sword – die by the sword.””