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Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by Sydde, May 24, 2014.

  1. Sydde macrumors 68020

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    al Jazeera article on the coup

    No one has posted anything on this yet. I have been reading accounts on another forum, this thing has been simmering up since at least last fall. There was an election February, but its validity was contested even before the polls closed.

    The current (ousted) government seems to have been terrifically corrupt and deserving of being thrown out. But now, the US is pressuring the Thai army to restore "democracy", which may in fact not be the best way to go. To me, it looks like Thailand needs to take some time to fix their problems, so that these kind of coups will not be needed in the future.

    In reality, "democracy" is not working out all that well in the US these days, I am not convinced that we should be exporting our mess to the rest of the world unless it can be refined here first.
     
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    Make that "simmering up since at least 10 years" and you'll make sense.

    But that is just what you get in a society highly diverted into classes none of which with much empathy or even understanding for the other.
     
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    Thailand is like many countries of the area, in the transition to the modern society a vast proportion of the population got left out of the riches. This coupled with the winner takes all attitude of a very split society, and you have inbuilt instability.

    This type of scenario should be a warning to the US, two political camps that cannot and will not compromise, and powerful voting blocks supporting both sides. The country becomes ungovernable.
     
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    In decades past, the U.S. of A. handled coups d'états a bit more handily...

    But now, the US is pressuring the Thai army has CIA assets in place to restore "democracy" ...​

    The Fugs were right. Who knew?

     
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    Better halve that….. there have been about 19 coup attempts since 1932 (and end of absolute monarchy), with 12 of them successful. Since becoming a constitutional monarchy, with a democratically elected government, Thailand has spent more time under some form of military regime than it has under an elected parliament.

    Some of those regimes have had the objective of "normalising" the situation so that democracy can resume. Others have been dictatorships overlorded by military strongmen.

    How this one is going to pan out, who knows, but they had better lift the curfew soon or they might have a revolution of bored night owls on their hands.
     
  7. Technarchy macrumors 604

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    Is this new gov't going to start dealing with the pedophiles from Europe and Australia that just love a little "yum-yum" from minors/children while on holiday?
     
  8. Micky Do macrumors 68000

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    Australians and Europeans could well find this grubby minded post offensive

    Thailand would have every right to be offended too.

    Sure this sort of thing made headlines a generation ago, with offenders from various parts, but in reality it was never rampant.

    Nowadays it is not tolerated, and occasional offenders are dealt to severely when they come to light.
     
  9. lannister80 macrumors 6502

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    One more, and it'll be a baker's dozen!
     
  10. Technarchy macrumors 604

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    Maybe Eurocentric tourists need to stop using Thailand as a pit stop for perverted sex tourism.

    And to be so dismissive of a real problem of child rape, exploitation, sexism, forced prostitution is pretty disgusting. This shouldn't be white washed or swept under the rug, and whatever government takes power needs to stop this industry cold by whatever means are available.

    Sex tourism, especially when speaking of children needs to end Thailand.

    The fact there are a dozen websites that help book tours for the sole purpose of sex tourism in Thailand is pretty indicative that this is an ongoing problem.
     
  11. Micky Do, May 27, 2014
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    Micky Do macrumors 68000

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    More offensive bigotry from a sandbox that one must assume has been perfectly ordered and smoothed over…… and probably seldom ventured far from.

    That people visit the likes of Pattaya in Thailand and pay for sex is well known. The same happens to a greater or lesser extent and legitimacy in various parts of the world, involving people of various nationalities. In Thailand, as with elsewhere, by far the majority of transactions occur between consenting adults.

    As suggested in my previous post, a generation ago there was some scandal-mongering about forced and child prostitution….. it does make for salacious headlines.

    Such activity is not tolerated by the people, or the authorities (junta or democratic) here in Thailand, as in most parts of the world. When cases do turn up they are dealt with severely….. And, of course, generate more headlines to titillate prurient minds.
     

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