Saturday, March 28, 2009
Blood gets into his eyes...
In Thai expressions, when "blood gets into your eyes," it means you have lost control of your own emotions. Your go all out. You up the ante. You go for broke. And you could become very reckless and uncontrollably aggressive. You burn all your bridges. And then you paint yourself into a corner from which you can't get out without getting seriously harmed.
That's what Thaksin Shinawatra did last night when he appeared on the video link (from somewhere in Africa) to name Gen Prem Tinsulanonda as the "person with extra-constitutional power" who was behind his ouster. Thaksin also named Gen Surayud Chullanont as the other main culprit that was responsible for the Sept 19, 2006 coup against him.
Both Prem and Surayud have consistently denied that they were part of the plot to remove Thaksin from his post.
What, then, was the real motive behind Thaksin's "suicide bombing mission?"
My guess is that he was hoping that the decision to go all out against Prem and Surayud would force the powers-that-be to negotiate with him so that he could return to Thailand, with a general amnesty that would put everything "back to square one" --as he put it.
His proposals towards the end of his heated speech were revealing enough. He said the only way out of the impasse is to call a new election and to amend the constitution. "I myself won't run but let the other members of the 111 banned Thai Rak Thai MPs compete."
He began the speech with a bang but ended with a whimper. Now you know why.