Wednesday, October 19, 2016

How Thailand Can Fight Back Against Western Media's Lies

October 20, 2016 (Tony Cartalucci - ATN) - The passing of the revered and long-lived King Bhumibol Adulyadej has plunged the Kingdom of Thailand into deep mourning - mourning on a scale difficult to find anywhere else on Earth. With this great sadness, emotions are running high - not least because in the years before the King's death, opposition groups, US-funded NGOs, and foreigners have pursued a concerted campaign to undermine, defame, and overthrow the monarchy.

Thais are fiercely defensive of their nation, their culture, and their institutions, and knowing this - Thailand's enemies are attempting to provoke Thais as a means to further undermine both Thailand as a nation, and national unity within.

In a Facebook post I have now deleted, I mistakenly suggested protests in person against Jonathan Head of the BBC.

It was a mistake not because peacefully protesting Jonathan Head and the BBC is wrong, but because it provided him and the rest of the Western media who mean ill toward Thailand exactly what they wanted - something they could spin, lie about, twist, pose the victims of - instead of focusing on the overall positive unity and reverence exhibited across the country.

Therefore, here is a list of things Thais can do instead to fight back against the Western media, without playing into their game.

1. Protest them online: Flood their offices with e-mails and messages of your disapproval. Remain civilized, do not use inappropriate language, and do not make any threat of any kind. BBC Thailand has already pulled one of their dishonest reports because of this sort of intelligent, civilized, and overwhelming activism.

2. For every one of their negatives, do a positive: The King of Thailand spent a lifetime working to improve Thailand. Many networks have grown across Thailand inspired by his example. They include groups focused on spreading and improving organic agriculture, adopting alternative energy, improving education, and even teaching and using technology. Find one of these groups and contribute.

Each time the West attempts to slander and tear down Thailand, the King, and his people, spend extra time building something new back up.

Nothing can show the world better what King Bhumibol Adulyadej represented than millions of Thais carrying on his life's example in their daily words and actions. If the Western media will not report this, seek out or create media platforms that will.

3. Research and expose their lies: The West's lies, and those told by opposition groups they support in Thailand have no power if they are exposed and explained to the public. While the Thai media should be doing this, they aren't. You can use your own Facebook, start a free blog, and use a variety of other forms of media to regularly research, analyze, and expose their disinformation, while providing Thais with accurate, informative, or inspiring information as an alternative.

Honest, decent Thais outnumber the malcontents a million to one. If even a small percentage of Thais commit to sharing the truth with others, it will overwhelm the lies and provocations the West and Thai opposition groups are attempting to spread.

4. Report offenses to the government: If you see something that you believe is undermining social stability, attempting to provoke chaos or violence, or an attack on Thailand and its institutions, report it to the authorities. They are professionals and if action must be taken, let them take it.


Do not confront these people in person. This is what they want, and it is a mistake to fall into their trap. In all likelihood, if there is a confrontation now, it will be staged by they themselves in a bid to further destabilize and divide this nation - which has been their goal all along.

Thailand has survived these lies until now because the Thai people are genuinely above these provocateurs, agitators, and meddlers. No one should stoop to their level. Remember how bad Thaksin Shinawatra's "red shirts" looked when committing their violence and intimidation in the streets. While the Western media eagerly covered up their violence, they are just as eager to portray those loyal to their nation in a similar light. Do not give them the satisfaction.