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Roll the Tanks Back Out

You might have heard. Not too long ago, Thailand underwent a Coup. The king gave the army permission to put army vehicles everywhere around town all over the country. This was to get rid of the evil Taksin.

Unfortunately, the evil Mr. Taksin's political party, the PPP, has won the elections, so he'll be back. He said "I'll be back". He didn't say it like the terminator did, though. The terminator said it like he'll be back to save the people, whereas Taksin said it like he'll be back to rape the people.

In the opinion of experts, there are 2 possible outcomes. 1: Taksin will get shot, or 2: the army will have another field trip. For the image of the country, which has great impacts on international markets, option 1 is the least damaging. An interesting point is this; the military supports the king, but the police support Taksin. If Taksin does make it back, without getting shot, he might have a revengeful field day with the army. You'd think the army has tanks, they can blow anything up! Which is true, but civil war doesn't look so good either.

What we can do is pray. Us foreigners, all we can do is watch and pray. So powerless...



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Comment by Ralph van den Berg

Posted on 21 April, 2008
So now Taksin is back, and he wasn't shot, and there were not tanks. The third option probably happened, the one I didn't write about, but was probably the most likely. He has so much money he can pay everybody off!

Comment by Ralph van den Berg

Posted on 6 June, 2008
Viva la Revolutione! Yes, now there are protests happening in Bangkok, and there are leads to some violence. Word is that there will be another coupe of some sort, and not as friendly as the last one... Say bye bye to the economy once again, my friends. Thailand is going under!!!

Comment by Ralph van den Berg

Posted on 29 August, 2008
Another update, 4 days of protesting going on and counting, airports blocked at 3 locations including Phuket, bunch of tourists stranded. Chiang Mai is a bit boring if you start to think about it, nothing ever happens here! All we complain about is that there's nothing good on TV now, just the news....

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