Friday, May 21, 2010
I am sure you have all been reading or hearing about the current problems in Thailand. Many of you have inquired about it. I want to tell all of you that my family is fine, though obviously not very happy about what has been happening. I find that the international press coverage has been incomplete and sometimes downright inaccurate. The problem is so complex that it can’t possibly be presented in a short news piece or article, especially when done by reporters who don’t understand the language or enough background. I’ve been reading a lot online and have found these web pages to be fairly objective and informative. In the case of Somtow’s blog, it’s also fun to read, to the extent this awful situation allows.
I’d rather not discuss the situation at this time (too emotional), but I appreciate your concern.
By way of background.
And a very good blog by a very interesting Thai person (author, musician) that hits it just right about why international news coverage left a lot to be desired.
followed by a bit of clarification.
And an older entry that I find gives good background.
Sorry CNN and BBC
It is not as simple as you see.
Those people we call the Red-Shirts
Really are diverse as it can be.
Many are naïve as can be
Shouting fervently for democracy,
Not knowing what it actually is!
Having been duped like herd of wildebeests.
The leaders with different ideologies
All take orders from square-faced Mr. T
To instigate the masses into commotion
Violating other peoples’ rights and privacy.
They have political parties
Under the bankroll of the same Mr. T.
Disbanded twice but still surviving;
“One day, President, I’m gonna be.”
Carrying machine guns, cold-
Blooded men in Black; assassins enrolled.
They’ll do anything illegal
To achieve Mr. T’s final Goal.
So this is the broad outline
For you, “Farang” guys,
To have a hint of what’s going on
In the Kingdom of Thailand. Good-bye.