Sunday, June 28, 2009

Thaksin can never come home again...

Thaksin Shinawatr was trying desperately to convince his supporters through his recent "phone-in" talks that he really wanted to "come home." Nobody, not even the staunchest of advocates, could do anything to enable him to return home -- the way he wants to, that is.

Of course, officially, the Abhisit government has been saying Thaksin should come home, too. But that's a different kind of "home-coming." The official version is for him to come back to serve the two-year jail term imposed by the court.

Thaksin wants to come home as a free man, and probably be returned to power as well.

But, as they say in "A Death in the Family" by James Agee, you can never come home again.

What does that mean?

The full quote is: "How far we all come. How far we all come away from ourselves. You can never come home again."

One interpretation is that once you grow up and have your own life, even if you physically return to your childhood house, you can't return to that place of innocence and sense of safety. It's never "home" as it once was because now, you are a different person.

So, in that sense, Thaksin can never come home again.

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