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July 26, 2010


Behind the Histrionics of Thepthai Senpong

Over the past few days the official spokesman of Thailand’s Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjivija’s, Thepthai Senpong, was quoted by various media outlets responding to our White Paper.  We are grateful to Mr. Thepthai for taking the time to read our document. However, much like Mr. Thepthai’s own prime ministerial boss, who publicly clashed with him after he made several misguided and completely false allegations regarding Red Shirt “terrorist” training camps, we believe Mr Thepthai is struggling to act in an appropriate and reasonable fashion.

Responding, as Mr Thepthai did, to this detailed and factually argued document only with racial slurs and histrionic rhetoric disguised as spuriously grounded legal threats, is hardly the stuff of reasoned debate. What is very illuminating is that it is coming from the mouthpiece of Thailand’s well-educated and erudite Prime Minister.  I’m sure that PM Abhisit understands full well that debate and dissent are both part of a healthy democracy. The idea that an analysis as comprehensive as the White Paper, with its detailed look at the requirements of international law, only provokes unreasoned utterances, suggests there is something far from healthy going on in Thailand’s governing class.

The White Paper raises serious questions whether Thailand’s democracy is fit for purpose. Can we please ask Mr. Thepthai and PM Abhisit to respond in an appropriate and fitting manner to these questions? Doesn’t Thailand deserve this? At the moment the slurs and the threats and the personal attacks seem to be the Thai government’s only comment. Should we then assume, as they offer no counter argument worthy of the name, that they accept the document in full? As I said before, I am ready at anytime and at any place to debate any of the issues raised in the White Paper. What is the government scared of?”

  1. Todd
    Jul 26 2010

    It’s a tough situation to be in for the Abhisit regime since they are working completely on fallacies and they are in too deep in their own lies to back out without having to face consequences. They are using the emergency degree as a measure to stop people from probing into the truth about what happened on the day of the massacre so right now the Thai people can only rely on the international organizations and medias to find and publish the evidences but even then the websites are immediately banned when they’re up. More evidence are going to surface once the emergency decree is lifted but that could be the end of next year when the regime’s term is up.

  2. farang
    Jul 28 2010

    any chance of a link to Thepthai Senpong response to the white paper ?

  3. Robert Amsterdam
    Jul 28 2010

    Thepthai was quoted by various sources in the Thai press, including Thai Rath

  4. Howell
    Jul 28 2010

    Thanks Bob, great source….all in Thai. I bet you understood every word.

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