The Pretend Game : “Are we going to impose ISA law or not ? We need to think about it”

Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on Monday said he has cancelled his planned official visit to Australia this week after the security-monitoring committee resolved to ask the Cabinet to invoke the Internal Security Act (ISA) in the capital and its environs between March 11 to 23 to prevent any untoward incident during the planned Red Shirt rally. (TNA)

What a pathetic play. An old scenario. A bunch of grotesque comedians.

Notice the (fake) inference :

-Abhisit cancels his trip
-because a committee resolved (that’s the important word) to ask… Abhisit (the Cabinet) to invoke the ISA

A few days before, we had the “6000 rifles stolen from an army depot in an apparent inside job“… Plus the threats of “sabotage”. etc. And medias (TV, press) are getting totally hysterical about violences, coup rumors etc.

Add all those items and you get the Great Laugh, a greek tragedy without the feta cheese.

I’m ready to take some risks here :

-yes the Cabinet will impose ISA, after being “asked” by the special committee…
-yes Abhisit and his masters took this decision long time before

And the reasons are obvious :
-they are scared to death
-the memory of the riots of last april is still very vivid
-they can’t take any chance

But… in the great Thai Tradition, it’s necessary to entertain the plebeians, the media and all the clowns by playing the Pretend Game :

-They pretend to “assess” the situation
-They pretend to be “reluctant” to impose the ISA

It was really too easy. 😉

The Cabinet on Tuesday approved the enforcement of the internal security law on March 11-to-23 in the face of the red-shirt rally.

Bangkok and Nonthaburi will be placed under the ISA.

The other six provinces are under partial enforcement covering gateways to the capital. The six are Samut Prakan, Chachoensao, Ayutthaya, Pathum Thani, Nakhon Pathom and Samut Sakhon. (Nation)

6 Responses to “The Pretend Game : “Are we going to impose ISA law or not ? We need to think about it””

  1. 1 Pricilla 9 March 2010 at 6:34 pm

    I was planning on passing through Bangkok on Sunday/Monday, perhaps it may not be the best place to be, if for no other reason than traffic.

  2. 2 Bedwyr 9 March 2010 at 7:20 pm

    Yep. As you rightly say, too easy. Too obvious. About the only thing this awful government is transparent in.

    Pure theatre.

    Still, it is what it is. The blue touch paper has been lit and all the puppet-masters have let loose the strings to see if the marionettes can dance on their own.

    Now it will either be a damp squib or thermo-nuclear.

    Let’s see.

  3. 3 observer 9 March 2010 at 9:38 pm

    There is only one way to go for the Thai people to achive democracy: GENERAL STRIKE.
    It´s realy sad to see how the government is provoking violence.

  4. 4 George P Tuckeer 11 March 2010 at 4:13 pm

    “a greek tragedy without the feta cheese.”

    Ha, Ha I like that.

    An Italian Opera without the Pasta
    A Bollywood tearjerker without the curry
    A Thai TV melodrama without the somtam

    Mix ‘N match if you want, because that’s how absurd the situation is.

  5. 5 Daniel 14 March 2010 at 2:49 am

    Why this blog that i appreciated to read every day is all time against the actual Prime minister ?
    of course, he’s not perfect at all but how can he work normaly if all the time like he has power, he need to “fight” and find solution first for be quite for political !! ?
    How ?
    di d you think that is the right way ?
    don’t you think that there is an other way ?
    why nobody help him to continued this kind of politic, i mean quite and safe…

    i am not a friend of him , but i follow abhisit’s politic since a long time and look that many time he did the good solution for peace in Thai,
    look at also about economy after a clash in the word, he can stabilized it and start to grow again ……

  6. 6 ThaiCrisis 14 March 2010 at 3:04 am

    Daniel, I’ve already answered to this question.

    Many times actually.

    And I should add : beyond the qualities of the man Abhisit, the politician Abhisit is despicable.

    Why ? Because he has been TAINTED.

    Let me rephrase :
    -you dislike Thaksin
    -but it’s a group of MP Thaksin’s friends (the infamous Newin Gang) that were bought in order to elect Abhisit PM last december, what I’ve called a “Frankenstein Coalition”. A pathetic and cheap parliementary coup because the generals were unable to launch another military coup, after the disaster of the 2006 Junta.

    Where is the logic in such a scheme ? How can you approve such a scheme ?

    Abhisit has accepted the power that was handed to him by a bunch of crooks (the Army making a deal with Newin )

    This is a stain. A stain on Thailand. A stain on Abhisit’s integrity. A stain on thai people.

    I know : politics is a dirty world. But, yet, we have to stand up for principles. The end should not justify the means

    There are no alternatives. I know perfectly this fact.

    I disliked Thaksin. And after him, I’ve criticized the odious Junta and the inane generals, and after the infamous Samak.

    But right now, it’s the duty of any honest man to fight against the “Abhisit Fiction”, the Potemkine Illusion. He might be sincere. But at best he’s an hostage, at worst an accomplice.

    In both case, I just can’t see how we can endorse the current situation and be satisfied.

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Coup, Economic slowdown, Terror In the South... The situation is worsening in Thailand. Bumpy road like often before.

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The key to understand the present turmoil is the inevitable... succession of King Bhumibol.

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