The dark clowns are back : the government launches a new “war on drugs”

Here we go again ! The economy is falling apart, the political situation is explosive… but the courageous bozos at the government, allegedly leaded by the alleged Prime Minister Somchai, has decided to launch a new… “war on drugs” !

Yeah baby ! Bring it on ! Don’t forget the pop corn and the cold beers !

I believe there is no need to comment further… Let’s just remember that the previous “war on drugs” had some… very, very dirty consequences.

The government has launched a new round of drug crackdown in a ceremony presided over by Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat on Thursday.

The war on drugs is scheduled between November and January.

In his speech, Somchai encouraged authorities to devote their full attention to fight trafficking although he cautioned them that his government would not condone silent killings which mired the 2003 campaign against illicit drugs.

The fight against traffickers will strictly follow the prescribed legal proceedings, he said.

He called for the step-up of awareness campaign for young people to realise the harmful effects of drug abuse. (Nation)

Mr Thaksin launched his war on drugs in 2003, and human rights groups have said that at least 2,500 people were killed in extra-judicial killings during the campaign.

Mr Somchai, however, said that Mr Thaksin was not responsible for the deaths.

‘In fact, those people had committed wrongdoing. It was not extra-judicial killing by police. They were killed by drugs dealers’, he said, repeating the government line at the time. (AFP)

Somchai, brother in law of Thaksin, is just another clown. A dark one… It’s pathetic. I’m going to vomit.

10 Responses to “The dark clowns are back : the government launches a new “war on drugs””

  1. 1 chinesethai 6 November 2008 at 9:08 am

    This government is democratically elected. They have the right to do so.

    Me wondering how Anti-PAD, Pro-Thaksin supporters will react on this.

  2. 2 ThaiCrisis 6 November 2008 at 10:22 am

    Of course they have the right !

    Do not take everything back to PAD/not PAD. That’s not the issue here.

    So they launch a new war on drugs… Don’t you think that we don’t have more urgent matters to deal (if I may say) with ??? !!!

    It’s just a pathetic attempt to gain some cheap political support, like the lese-majeste campaign, the Internet campaign etc.

    And mai pen rai if by doing so, a few dozen or hundreds of “drug dealers” are going to “kill each other”…

    Those are mere collateral damages…

  3. 3 dooda 6 November 2008 at 10:27 am

    it is probably just a marketing ploy with not much real substance, maybe catch some fish (the ones that didn’t pay their bribes) and present in the news for remind the people of the “success” of the previous war… yes, most people thought it was success (because thought drug traders killing amongst themselves so no big deal – news coverage heavily censored at that time so people didnt knows about true happenings)

  4. 4 anon 6 November 2008 at 4:40 pm

    Two points:
    – The war on drugs was extremely popular among Thai voters. Even the King praised it. Sure, the international community and the NGOs were appalled, but they don’t really matter.
    – There is much documentation of how PAD-controlled Government House has become Bangkok’s best stop to get ice (meth). No police dare enter. There’s an ice dealer less than a stone’s throw from Chamlong’s tent!

  5. 5 Bedwyr 6 November 2008 at 7:10 pm

    I notice that the route HMK will take to the funeral has been changed to accommodate PAD, who would not remove themselves from blocking the usual route.

    If that were any other group of people they would have been called disloyal for inconveniencing HMK, then charged with lese majeste and removed by the police to jail.

    More ‘hands off the protectors of democracy’ from those who never, ever get involved in politics?


  6. 6 antonio farmer 7 November 2008 at 12:05 am

    I agree that war on drougs is popular among Thai avg. citizens so not many will complain for it, but I don’t think the gov. will start it to gain consensus from the popolation.
    I don’t know the annual revenue about droug traffickers in thailand, but I suppose it is a nice way to make big profits….
    Usually money from drougs are spent for weapons and others illegal business to maintain power( like Talebans in Afghanistan ).
    I think that the last campaign has been made just for cleen the field from small fishes and from the ones that ware not part of their MAFIA family.
    did mr. Thaksin sold the manchester city making other 20m pounds profit ?
    Is he a kind of fugitive ?
    can he invest his money as a normal person or he risk that one day those money, if invested in a legal market will go back to thailand ?
    A greed person as him will try to make more money again and again.
    If I remember well Thaksin is from chang mai and he had a good relationship with the giunta over the border, maybe strong as the relationship with hun sen in cambodia….what a nice friends.

    I wish you all good luck and i hope that when HMK will pass away Thailand will be in safe hands.

    GOD bless HMK, antonio farmer

    PS: excuse me 4 my english.

  7. 7 chinesethai 7 November 2008 at 1:41 am


    “The war on drugs was extremely popular among Thai voters. Even the King praised it.”

    Not all Thai voters were happy with the war on drug. It raised human right activists’ eyebrows. The King supported a war on drug but did not praise Thaksin’s approach. The day before his birthday in 2003 he called for investigation of who among the dead really had links to the drugs and who were killed in the Police’s extrajudicial killing campaign.

  8. 8 dooda 7 November 2008 at 2:13 am

    anon’s commment got me thinking… perhaps now they will plant drugs in PAD sites, do raid, kill some PAD guards/protesters who allegedly involved in drugs? i remember there were reports one/two weeks ago a PAD guard killed by police and police say he involved in drugs.
    then i suppose it would also be possible for pro gov groups to say some of funding for PAD is dirty drugs money.

  9. 9 MSB 7 November 2008 at 10:24 am

    why is a war on drugs bad???

    so a few drug dealers/users/pushers whatever died.

    Can’t understand why you can critcise a gov for wanting to rid their courntry of illegal drugs.

  1. 1 The new war on drugs and more stupidity… at The FARANG Speaks 2 Much Trackback on 7 November 2008 at 4:46 am

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