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    Sanitsuda Ekachai : Cry, beloved country

    Khun Ekachai's op-ed , a voice of reason imho


    Cry, beloved country
    Posted by Sanitsuda Ekachai
    Tuesday, June 15, 2010

    It is no use talking about hypothetical situations - that much I know. But I just cannot help thinking what would have happened had the Abhisit government decided to call a snap election as demanded by the red-shirt protesters?

    Many believe the pro-Thaksin policitians most certainly would win the general election. The yellow-shirt movement would reject the poll result. Bangkok would be in chaos again. A forceful measure to end this culture of violent protest would be necessary, they argue.

    But look at the disaster on our hands now: 89 deaths; nearly 2,000 injured. The torching of central Bangkok. Economy in ruins. The shattering of Thailand's myth as a country of peace and compromise. The fury of the vanquished that is ready to explode again at any time.

    As we try to pick up the pieces, we should ask ourselves if we have learned any lessons from the country's most bloody urban unrest in living memory.

    Has it shocked us to our senses?

    The recent censure debate clearly showed that the catastrophe has done nothing to our politicians. Eighty-nine deaths and not a word of "sorry" from the prime minister.

    Eighty-nine deaths and still the fiery push for new confrontation from the red-shirt politicians.

    There might be hope for Thailand yet if the populace reacted to the May massacre differently from the politicians. Sadly, that is not the case.

    Talk to the anti-reds and we will hear mainly the legitimisation of the crackdown.

    Talk to the red shirts, and it is mainly the fury and the desire for revenge in the name of justice. Ask them about the civic and grassroots movements as the means to fill the gap in parliamentary politics, and many will quickly dismiss these grassroots networks as only pain-killers.

    The real remedy, they believe, calls for a change in political structure, a change of regime.

    But will this so-called change of regime end up just a change for a new group of leeches?

    When the police force is plagued by corruption, mismanagement and politicking, there is no use dreaming about the rule of law and justice. Equitable income and resources distribution is also a pipe dream when policy decision-making is still centralised to serve vested interests.

    As a mother, my heart bleeds for those who have lost their children or parents in the crackdown. As a mother, my main concern is how to rebuild a society where our children can grow up safely. A society where every child can realise his or her full potential.

    It hit me hard when my 14-year-old daughter made her observation on the political upheavals: "You know, mummy. You grew up in the best time for Thailand. I won't have what you had."

    What have we done to our young generation? We have squandered the natural resources to indulge in a life of modern comfort and convenience as if there is no tomorrow.

    Never mind if our good life has destroyed nature, stolen our children's future, and plunged the rural folk into much hardship by ruining their sources of livelihood.

    Never mind if the education system has destroyed the children's pride in cultural roots while giving them the city dreams they cannot attain, resulting in alienation, frustration and destructive anger.

    Are we paying for our collective sins now?

    To make up for our children, we need a new vision as a nation. We must ask ourselves what kind of society we want for our children, and make it happen together.

    It cannot be a society that rewards the very few who excel in the competitive system and punishes those who fall through the cracks. Nor a society that exploits the losers and makes the winners miserable from unsatiable greed.

    "We can start effecting change by realising that our lives are interconnected with others'. That we are not islands." I told my daughter.

    As the country continues to be deaf to the series of thunderous wake-up calls, to the need for fundamental changes,

    I know my girl is right. Her Thailand will not be the same as mine.

    How I fear for her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mid
    We must ask ourselves what kind of society we want for our children, and make it happen together.
    It'll never happen, prejudice, selfishness and greed are the only principles of the people who can make it happen.

    And it's not only Thailand where this applies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mid
    Economy in ruins.
    Really? Didn't seem to affect the Baht....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bung View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Mid
    Economy in ruins.
    Really? Didn't seem to affect the Baht....
    They set fire to the Stock Exchange building and the SET rose...

    Using this logic, I immediately set fire to my house and car, hoping for a similar effect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mid
    The real remedy, they believe, calls for a change in political structure, a change of regime. But will this so-called change of regime end up just a change for a new group of leeches?
    Isn't that LM?

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