Thursday, February 4, 2010
Thaksin: First it was non-violence, now it's a people's army
Now, it's called "The People's National Army" and it's owned by Thaksin Shinawatr. He won't be the supreme commander. He will only be the "spiritual leader." He has appointed Gen Chavalit Yongchaiyudh as the commander.
Nobody is quite sure what this "private army" is all about. But, Maj Gen Khattiya Sawasdipol, better known as "Seh Daeng," who was in Dubai with Gen Pallop Pinmani, for consultations with Thaksin made the announcement, without saying whether Gen Chavalit has accepted the offer to lead this new kind of army or not.
Thaksin himself hasn't said anything about that new move. But it's clear that everything that is said and done on his behalf focuses solely on the outcome of the Feb 26 court verdict on his Bt76,000m asset seizure case.
Thaksin has said he wanted to use non-violence and peaceful means in his struggle. How does a "people's army" headed by a retired general fit in with that "peace plan" remains a great mystery.