Friday, March 19, 2010

If one picture is worth 1,000 words...

These pictures remind all political observers of Thai politics that there was a time when Thaksin Shinawatr, when he was premier, was very respectful towards Gen Prem Tinsulnonda, president of the Privy Council.

Today, Thaksin is calling for the "dismantling" of the "amataya" (elite) headed by Gen Prem.

Ironically, Thaksin has appointed himself "head of the grass-roots people" aimed at overthrowing the "elite" led by Gen Prem.

Even more paradoxical is when Thaksin claims: "The struggle is not about me. It's about democracy."

1 comment:

Steve said...

Puzzling that Khun Yoon should choose to show us that second picture - taken in May 2008 on the occasion of the funeral of Gen Anupong's mother. His own newspaper (in the shape of an article written by 'Daily Xpress' chief photographer Thawechai Jaowattana) had a rather different take on the circumstances at that time:

And, plainly, Thaksin was no longer premier. Perhaps Khun Yoon would be on safer ground playing with words rather than pictures.