Monday, April 13, 2009
Bloody Songkran and some tough questions
It's never going to be the same Sonkgran Festival for Thais ever again. The Thai New Year today was marked by clashes between police and soldiers with red-shirted protestors after a state of emergency has been declared by Premier Abhisit Vejjajiva.
The wounds will be deep and far-reaching. Thai society will have to find answers to a host of tough questions: Why can't we,despite six decades of "democratic rule," find a peaceful way to resolve our conflicts? Why do we allow politicians to plunge the country into an unfathomable abyss? Why hasn't the premier acted more decisively? Why does Thai society tolerate such anarchy?
Unless we find some concrete answers to some of these questions, Thai society will be one step closer to being labelled a "failed state.