Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Thailand: a Mango Republic?
Thailand turning into a Mango Republic?
Time magazine's reporter Hannah Beech, who grew up in Bangok, has written a column saying Thailand suffers from ceaseless spasms of political instability because its democracy is broken.
Then she adds:
"In the facile political taxonomy we use to categorize nations, Thailand is considered a democracy. Yet the country remains, if not a banana republic, a juicy, messy mango republic...."
And if you take into consideration the terms "water melon soldiers" and "tomato policemen" in the current political context, we have fully arrived at an advanced state of "vegetarian politics."