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03 April 2006 :: 12:04:57 pm 30400

Thaksin’s Fight for Survival

“Money Versus People - Power” April 2nd in Bangkok was the moment of truth for Khun Thaksin. Having now to live with the non-results of his election ploy.
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 The situation is shaping up to be one hell of a big battle in all senses of the word, as political parties and huge numbers of political supporters “face up” for the largest political battle since the mid 90’s. This will decide not only the future leadership of the Kingdom of Thailand, but it is a critical turning point in the nation’s future.

The key factor for Thailand is that the anti-Thaksin parties, made up mainly of civil groups, the urban middle class, and the strong Buddhist organizations, are not only fighting Thaksin, but also the system he represents. Thai society is now torn between the calm, steady and sustainable form of traditional leadership, and on the other hand, one that has presented a dream of greater wealth that appears to be fading for the average citizen, with each passing day.

A significant point was made by Surin Pitsuwan, (the deputy leader of Thailand’s opposition Democrat Party), who commented for the International Herald Tribune. “Thaksin’s reign, (he argues), comes down to a clash between a more traditional, humble, largely self-sufficient model, than that of a more aggressive, materialistic and debt-generating form of administration. However, with Thaksin’s political reign has come a growing resentment at the direction Thailand is heading. Many argue it is losing its way, selling out to foreign interests, and losing touch with its cultural heritage. Thaksin, as the self-styled “CEO of Thailand’’ has brought a new style to Thai politics and economics, together with his long term plan to ensure his re-election, making him the first Thai incumbent to have done so. His future is certainly looking bleak, as the public disapproval over the deal to sell off his family’s private assets worth nearly $2 billion to the “Temasek” organization in Singapore, continues to be a major sticking point.

Groups like the Santi Asoke, have a valid voice with their idealistic visions, and have a have a valid Buddhist voice, which offers a useful and significant alternative to the culture of capitalism, which is besieging us in Western countries. The basic idea of the Santi Asoke group, is the concept of the transcendence of worldly, of the material, and it is likely that they will distance themselves from all of the political infighting. The large are relatively vacant area known as Sanam Luang in central Bangkok is where the forces opposed to the current Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra are rallying. T the founder of the Santi Asoke Buddhist movement, Phra Bodhiraksa, stated that the so-called Dharma Army was among the first major groups to get behind the anti-Thaksin movement and their credentials and support have been a boon to all of the opposition groups, who are opposing Prime Minister Taksin.

    Election day “told the tale,” but it must be remembered that political elections usually come down to just a question of money, and the winner takes all, often with financial and or other rewards, down the track. The German-Jewish “Rothschild” family in England control the banking from the time that they founded the Bank of England, hundreds of years ago. As one of the Rothschild family stated, – “I care not who governs a country, for if I control the finance, I will control the country.” Likewise in America, every US President within the last century, did not get their without the blessing and financial support of those who control the financial system. George Washington, or any other President could not even get elected as the local “dog catcher,” without financial assistance. However, here in Thailand we are looking at the new emerging world of “truth and light,” where “People Power,” could well overcome the power of the “mighty dollar.” There are going to be winners and losers, so where do the Thai people stand? Perhaps we should remember the old Chinese curse, – “May You Live In Interesting Times.”

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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