Originally Posted by luxsword
glad you're so optimistic, it's reassuring.
I know nothing about thai situation and politics, but, to me, the army taking power is NEVER a really good thing, and should never be underestimated. for all the comforting confident voices, i'll always hear one worrying about democracy, (not for tourists or tennis tournaments).
Yes, I understand your concern. But for the situation as it is now, I would say that there's no better way. In fact, I've never been this happy for ages.
The word 'democracy' is tricky in a sense that it can be easily turned into mob power. For many years, this ex-PM has been brainwashing the people into supporting him, buying them with his money. He was the one who made the concept of democracy of Thailand so skewed and nothing can be done against him coz he used the loopholes of the constitution. In other words, he managed to manipulate the rightful means to his wrong end. On the other hand, the armed force might not seem like a good means to foreigners, but we locals know that it is the only way to oust this PM since all other means have been exhausted and yet he still clung onto his power and build up farce after farce.
I think I could give one vivid metaphor that would best illustrate the situation. Supposed Thailand is a school and there was an election for class president. Then a group of kids bullying every other kid to vote for them. They took control and changed things around to give themselves privilege. They treat the whole school like their very own playground, and yet always claim their legitimacy under the name of democracy. And the other kids are too afraid to do anything. I believe that anyone who knows the situation would wish an adult would come along, smack the bully kids' head and put them into proper place.
P.S. I'm sorry I'm taking this fully into political arena, but I guess it is not altogether inappropriate. For all I know the tournament is still on and Baggy is already here. So I can say there's nothing to worry about.