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November 21, 2010

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Open Letter to Members of the UDD

Dear Colleagues,

Some of you may be wondering why, almost four months since our White Paper was released and over fifty thousand copies were distributed in Thailand and elsewhere, this week Democrat Party officials have taken to attacking us over its contents. Seemingly every day now, Dr. Buranat Samutrak and others are lobbing false, desperate allegations accusing us of lèse majesté over the contents of the White Paper.

Why is the Democrat Party now throwing a tantrum about the contents of the four-months old White Paper? Last weekend, some Democrat officials traveled to South Africa to attend the meeting of the Executive Committee of the Liberal International, which is considering the party’s suspension or expulsion from the organization. The Democrats traveled to South Africa with a suitcase full of those platitudes, rationalizations, and fact-free excuses they have been spewing in Thailand for the past six months. Because the members of the Liberal International generally stand for human rights, not for “Thai-style” human rights, the Democrats may not have gotten the reception they had hoped for in South Africa. It seems plausible that this very belated reaction is related to the rebuke that the Democrats may have received in Cape Town over the complete destruction of democracy in Thailand.

Aside from the anger over the possible humiliation received, it is important to note that this international loss of face poses an existential threat to the Democrat government. As we all know, the reason why Abhisit was chosen by the Establishment to lead their government is that his suave looks, urbane demeanor, and patrician pedigree provided a convenient façade for the amarthaya’s rule. Now there are obvious signs that, at least internationally, Abhisit’s effectiveness as a front man is in shambles. Just today, British Prime Minister David Cameron, whose government includes the Liberal-Democrats, a member of the Liberal International, is reported to have canceled plans to spend the Christmas holidays in Thailand, in part over concerns about the country’s human rights record.

Abhisit recognizes that once the façade crumbles, he won’t be far behind. The Establishment will get rid of him as unceremoniously as they removed his predecessors. In fact, whether it is accomplished through party dissolution, House dissolution, PAD, or coup d’état, Abhisit’s defenestration is likely to the easiest of the lot for the amarthaya.

The more the world wakes up to the shocking behavior of the Democrats, the more this party wraps itself in Thailand’s flag, culture, and institutions. The accusations they are leveling against us have nothing to do with protecting the monarchy, which none of our writings does anything to criticize or undermine. The only purpose these charges serve is to immunize the government from any legitimate criticism of its performance and illegal conduct. In times past, people used to drink elixirs to achieve immortality; today, the Democrats are using lèse majesté as an elixir, hoping it will shield them from any perceived threat to their power.

The Thai people’s feelings for the monarchy are not connected to their feelings for the Democrat Party. By tying the protection of the monarchy to their own survival in office, the Democrats want the Thai people to draw a connection that has no basis in fact. What is more, the pursuit of this cynical strategy demonstrates that Abhisit and his henchmen are willing to sacrifice just about anything in order to stay in office. Having already sacrificed the truth, democracy, and the lives of more than eighty Thai civilians for their determination to stay in power, one wonders what’s next on the Democrats’ hit-list.

Sincerely,

Robert Amsterdam

1 Comment
  1. Emilio
    Nov 21 2010

    Robert, one question. When you say the feelings for the monarchy and The Democrats have “nothing to do” with each other, do you mean there is “no connection”, or “no similarity”.

    Some pople might misinterpret what you wrote, and come to the conclusion that Thai people feel the same about both institutions, but there is no connection between these feelings.

    Just a thought.

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