Saturday, January 21, 2012
Gen Boonlert talks about a coup....again
Here is someone who would talk about a coup without any hesitation.
Gen Boonlert Kaewprasit, former rebel who had been jailed for taking part in a failed coup over a decade ago, is now a retired general. He is president of the Cadets College Alumni Foundation. He feels strongly that the current comments from certain quarters that he sees as being insulting to the monarchy shouldn't be tolerated by the military.
"If such comments don't stop, I think the military will have to do something," he said on FM1005's "Lab Luang Prang" weekly radio programme hosted by Wasana Nanuam and Patchara Sarnpimpa.
Wasana asked him whether by "doing something" he meant a military coup. The response was prompt. "Yes, I mean a military coup would be inevitable if the trend continues," Gen Boonlert said.
This, of course, wasn't the first time that the retired general had urged the military to take power when he sees that things didn't go as he wanted.
He had said it once, he would say it twice. "But I can't do it myself because I don't command any troops," he admitted.
The generals who are in a position to take that kind of action would never talk about it. Only those not in a position to do so can talk about it so daringly.