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Rule of Law Was/Is the Problem, But...

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4 April 2016
the Korat Post Editorial

Assigning fault to someone for wrongdoing is often itself yet another form of wrongdoing.

Rule of law certainly was not much obvious in the sociopolitical events that predated the 2014 Thai army coup against yet another elected (widely held to be totally corrupt). There were two basic problems at the time: one, a totally inoperative Parliament made defunct by resolute refusal by anti-traditionalist forces to engage in give-and-take politics and mutual respect; two, accumulation of coups since the 1930s to today reflected an inherent fault in Thai society that prevented transitory but healthy social divisiveness from paralleling growth of a healthy democratic state and people.


In the search for ideal governance, it is society itself that conducts the search, not institutions. Thailand was no different in this respect. But it's marked difference from other societies that do march forward toward more liberal 'rule' and society that can be deemed as democratic as any society may be so deemed was that ruling institutions conducted, albeit not in good faith, the search for democracy. When your motives are to sustain power, influence, status, control, eminence, domination, continued lack of accountability and lack of meaningful transparency, as an institution of the state your motives cannot be said in the slightest to be democratic. When you insist that they are you are rightfully the subject of ridicule and incredulity.

Bottlenecking a legitimate and just solution, or series of solutions to sociopolitical quagmire that type which was evident to everyone on the planet from prior to November 2013 to the actual coup in May 2014 were recalcitrant approaches to modern era issues that should be dealing with subjects like human rights, democracy, free speech, right of assembly, protection from unjust incarceration, and so much more. Recalcitrant because of intractable indoctrination based on generations of ruling elites that one type of person and one type of sociopolitical ethic is the only type that can be permitted to rule the country and the people. Rule in Thailand became a sacred right, and indeed, a sacred rite. Top-down, mentor to disciple, adult to child, army to civilian.

T he intractable nature of the country as it used to exist and which still exists today is vital to appreciate, not only for domestic policymakers but for international human rights and democracy activists and organizations that often appeal in plain-worded but extremely polite messages to Thai authorities. The reality that none of them seems ready to recognize is that the intrinsic, indoctrinated and intractable, let alone deemed sacred and wholly suited to Thainess gestalt of prohibition of reproach in the kingdom is not likely to have its surface scratched. It will take another several centuries - no punches pulled. Thus - appeals to change, to justice, to fairness, to reconsideration, to common sense, to reform, to review, to reconsideration, etc., none of this will have any appeal whatsoever. Unless, UNLESS it is all take into court. To courts in Thailand and other courts around the world, including the World Court IF grounds can be established for such a suit. It is only when faced with irresolute denunciation, public reproach, economic and judicial censure that irresolute ancient practices that have little or no place in today's world will ever be properly addressed. It is, then, into the courts that all of these issues must be taken, and quickly. The sooner the long battle begins the better. Read more on the Korat Post website at editorial.html. Write to the editor at editoratthekoratpost.com Comments are always welcome. See our latest letter to the editor.


Strapping on Tuk-tuk Good Idea?

21 December 2015

Watched none of the GOP debate this last week and only small parts of the Democrat debate on 20 December 2015 Thailand time. As one who does not like playing partisan politics while still recognizing that fundamental party differences exist and have in many ways shifted, it was nonetheless a shock to see totally ignorant people in the area of foreign policy speaks as if they were God’s gift to the State Department. Clinton of course being the man on top – euphemistically, we hope!

She said, among other things, that Trump’s behavior in hating all Muslims – which he did not say he did – was the best advertisement for ISIS, as in her words ISIS wants the US to send tens of thousands of troops into Syria and other Middle East regions. The news for Mrs. Clinton (calling her Secretary is no longer appropriate, even in diplospeak) is that ISIS in a strategic sense does not give a gnat’s touche whether or not the US sends thousands of troops into Syria or not in terms of ISIS goals. It is a factor ISIS has to deal with but on a wider front and longer term ISIS is headed to the US, has already sufficiently infiltrated Europe to establish a dangerous and threatening beachhead to European culture, and through proxy and determination of Muslim theology, is now in the US with surprisingly a simple-minded apologist ignorami (as opposed to illuminati) cross-section of Democrat/liberal/Obama-ites defending Muslims and Islam that they know little to absolutely nothing about. They are ignorant of the Islamic doctrine, the global conquest goals of Islam, Islam’s history and the degree of violence employed to spread the theology. These misguided but determined anti-Republicans also seem to forget that the Ottoman Empire was vanquished well over a century ago but that Islam only seems to have grown more and more prolific, and more and more threatening.

This week there was a brouhaha over a high school class in Virginia where a teacher, Riverheads social studies teacher Cheryl LaPorte, support group = (https://www.facebook.com/groups/204588599882934/) had the students ostensibly practice Arabic calligraphy but inexplicably used the highly-toxic to non-Muslims phrase, “There is no god but Allah, and Mohammed is the messenger of Allah.” Having played with calligraphy a bit, and well aware of the beauty that calligraphy from Japan, China, the Arab world, Iran, Europe, and Africa practice with their many forms of calligraphy, the lesson could easily have used a less offensive or less sensitive example to copy.

Despite the reverse discrimination type of backlash from white apologists that white folks should not have been so upset at the lesson, we have to differ here. The media also did not report whether the teacher was herself a Muslim or not. And does that make a difference? Of course it does! If she was, then the balance of suspicion would go against her. If not, the balance would probably go the way of forgiving. But as it happens, perhaps the noise was from the worst wheel of the cart. Several community residents and students spoke out in LaPorte’s defense. “I think people are making a big deal about it for no reason at all," said 18-year-old Hannah Carey, a former student of LaPorte who lives in Waynesboro. "We learned about all different cultures, and she was a great teacher.” Read more on the Korat Post website at headlines.html and/or editorial.html and write to the editor at editoratthekoratpost.com Comments are always welcome.

Ed.


Bible Belt Christians In Virginia Unhappy

21 December 2015

Watched none of the GOP debate this last week and only small parts of the Democrat debate on 20 December 2015 Thailand time. As one who does not like playing partisan politics while still recognizing that fundamental party differences exist and have in many ways shifted, it was nonetheless a shock to see totally ignorant people in the area of foreign policy speaks as if they were God’s gift to the State Department. Clinton of course being the man on top – euphemistically, we hope!

She said, among other things, that Trump’s behavior in hating all Muslims – which he did not say he did – was the best advertisement for ISIS, as in her words ISIS wants the US to send tens of thousands of troops into Syria and other Middle East regions. The news for Mrs. Clinton (calling her Secretary is no longer appropriate, even in diplospeak) is that ISIS in a strategic sense does not give a gnat’s touche whether or not the US sends thousands of troops into Syria or not in terms of ISIS goals. It is a factor ISIS has to deal with but on a wider front and longer term ISIS is headed to the US, has already sufficiently infiltrated Europe to establish a dangerous and threatening beachhead to European culture, and through proxy and determination of Muslim theology, is now in the US with surprisingly a simple-minded apologist ignorami (as opposed to illuminati) cross-section of Democrat/liberal/Obama-ites defending Muslims and Islam that they know little to absolutely nothing about. They are ignorant of the Islamic doctrine, the global conquest goals of Islam, Islam’s history and the degree of violence employed to spread the theology. These misguided but determined anti-Republicans also seem to forget that the Ottoman Empire was vanquished well over a century ago but that Islam only seems to have grown more and more prolific, and more and more threatening.

This week there was a brouhaha over a high school class in Virginia where a teacher, Riverheads social studies teacher Cheryl LaPorte, support group = (https://www.facebook.com/groups/204588599882934/) had the students ostensibly practice Arabic calligraphy but inexplicably used the highly-toxic to non-Muslims phrase, “There is no god but Allah, and Mohammed is the messenger of Allah.” Having played with calligraphy a bit, and well aware of the beauty that calligraphy from Japan, China, the Arab world, Iran, Europe, and Africa practice with their many forms of calligraphy, the lesson could easily have used a less offensive or less sensitive example to copy.

Despite the reverse discrimination type of backlash from white apologists that white folks should not have been so upset at the lesson, we have to differ here. The media also did not report whether the teacher was herself a Muslim or not. And does that make a difference? Of course it does! If she was, then the balance of suspicion would go against her. If not, the balance would probably go the way of forgiving. But as it happens, perhaps the noise was from the worst wheel of the cart. Several community residents and students spoke out in LaPorte’s defense. “I think people are making a big deal about it for no reason at all," said 18-year-old Hannah Carey, a former student of LaPorte who lives in Waynesboro. "We learned about all different cultures, and she was a great teacher.” Read more on the Korat Post website at headlines.html and/or editorial.html and write to the editor at editoratthekoratpost.com Comments are always welcome.

Ed.