Friday, December 13, 2013

Thailand: Regime's Western Media Connections Attempt to Salvage Crisis

Reuters attempts to expose/shame military in last bid to stave off uprooting of Wall Street-backed regime. Anti-regime protesters would be wise to ignore a media machine that has long lost its clout. 

December 14, 2013 (Tony Cartalucic) - Citing two unnamed "military sources," Reuters has attempted to expose and shame the Thai military ahead of the inevitable removal of the Shinawatra regime from Thailand's political landscape. In it's article titled, "Powerful forces revealed behind Thai protest movement," it claims: 
His whistle-tooting crowds of supporters are dwindling. His threats against Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra veer from the bold to the bizarre. 
But behind Thailand's fiery anti-government protest leader, Suthep Thaugsuban, are two powerful retired generals with palace connections, a deep rivalry with the Shinawatra family and an ability to influence Thailand's coup-prone armed forces. 
The forces behind Suthep are led by former defense minister General Prawit Wongsuwan and former army chief General Anupong Paochinda, towering figures in Thailand's military establishment, said two military sources with direct knowledge of the matter and a third with connections to Thai generals.
These "sources" suspiciously cite the same speculation the regime's propaganda fronts have been making for weeks, and the Reuters report ultimately fails to produce any evidence of its claims beyond mere hearsay.

The article, rather than a factual report, instead represents an attempt to once again portray the protests in a negative light and head off the inevitable success of anti-regime protesters. An entire section of the report is subtitled as "failed state" quoting a regime official, to portray the struggle against the entrenched regime as unreasonable and unbecoming of a modern nation-state. It reads more like the lobbying efforts of Thaksin Shinawatra's impressive army of Wall Street-Washington-London lobbyists rather than an actual news report. 

West's Media Machine Has No Clout in Thailand, Asia, or Even Back West - Ignore It 

If the conflict in Syria has indicated anything, it is that the West is no longer dictating the global order. Unable to topple the Syrian government or sell yet another military intervention, it faced unprecedented disapproval ratings from across its own collective populations - not because they were informed by the West's mass media and convinced to disprove, but precisely because they did not believe their mass media and therefore, disapproved. 

In Syria, and now in Egypt, quick and decisive moves have been made to restore order and sovereignty to their respective nations indifferent to the howling condemnation echoed through the extensive propaganda networks the West possesses. By doing so, without hesitation or regard to the manufactured (not real) consensus produced by the West's media, they have been succeeding .

For Thailand, a moment of hesitation or doubt will ultimately cost the struggle to uproot the Shinawatra regime and restore balance and order to the Kingdom of Thailand. 

Graph: Up from 62% the year before, the public perception of the military as an important independent institution stood at 63%. Even in in the regime's rural strongholds, support stood at 61%. The only group that did not support the military, was the regime's tiny "red" minority, but even amongst them, 30% still supported the army. (source: Asia Foundation's 2010 National Public Perception Survey of the Thai Electorate full .pdf here)  


The Thai military is largely viewed by Thais as an important independent institution that has helped safeguard and stabilize the country. Then that is precisely what the military should be now, unafraid, unashamed, and prepared to carry out its duty. It will not be the Western media and their lies that the Thai military must live with for the months, years, and decades to come - it is the Thai people. They must decide what is best for them and their nation, and not let cheap tricks by the regime's substantial foreign backing distract them from this duty.

For Thais across the nation, they now more than ever must support their military as they push through the final barriers toward victory over the Shinawatra regime.