High drama in Thailand: to coup or not to coup — I didn’t think it was even possible to out-do the red-shirt drama of 2010, but Suthep and his Bangkok anti-government protesters are trying hard. They haven’t gotten there yet, but just might after all.
Suthep Thaugsuban is a fascinating character in this drama – and he gets the best lines in the script.
Today: OPERATION SEIZE BANGKOK – Suthep tells his followers to prepare to take over “every inch” of Bangkok.
“I ask my brothers and sisters in various provinces to be prepared and help us seize Bangkok,” he said. “Wait for our signal and bring your clothes and food with you because we’ll fight for months until we achieve victory,” said the former Democrat Party deputy prime minister-turned street fighting man.
Meanwhile, upcountry: the red shirts sound the alarm over the army chief’s sudden refusal to rule out a coup yesterday.
We may get a civil war yet.
What I can’t believe is this: haven’t these anti-government protesters thought this through? If they do somehow get their way, or the army steps in with a coup (which would be just dandy with them), what do they suppose the red shirts are going to do? Sit up there in the Northeast and twiddle their thumbs???
Can’t they see the red shirts would descend on Bangkok like a plague of locusts, and there’s at least 15 million of them (that’s how many votes the Pheu Thai Party got in the last election) and that what would unfold would likely make 2010 look like a walk in the park? Are they really prepared to fight 15 million very angry red shirts? I think not.
What happened at Ramkhamhaeng University a few weeks ago between red shirts and students was a sneak preview of what such a scenario would look like, and that was in less than a 24-hour period. I cannot imagine anyone wants more of that.
Oh, and in case you missed it, some red shirts leaders today criticized the army chief’s statement on not ruling out a coup, one saying the chief “should know that we Thai people have completely shut the door to a coup. We will never let it happen, not in any form”.
Oh, Thailand puts on the best dramas.
To be continued..