Paranoia, mental disorder and propaganda : the Army discloses a plot against monarchy

Consider this image (click to read in english) :

And this one :

And the last one :

I guess, you see the obvious link. 😉

The CRES and army spokesman Col. Sansern gave a press conference that the red shirt leaders are part of a plot to overthrow the monarchy. Col Sansern states the red leaders are using false information with the intention of attacking the high institution which is loved and respected by all Thais […]

Then Col. Sansern distributed the below hand-out to journalists (Matichon, via Bangkok Pundit).

That’s the insane drawing you see on the first picture… Even without reading thai, I knew it would be scary. And indeed, after the translation provided by BP, It’s horrifying. Why ? Because It shows plain paranoia, extreme mental disorder, pure insanity (click on the image to read !)

I mean the guy who did this is seriously ill. He should spend some time in a mental institution.

But, Abhisit starts to show the same symptoms : surrounded by protesters, unable to move, highly frustrated, cut from real world (the alleged Prime Minister lives in a military base), he loses his nerves.

After the magic word (“terrorists”), he goes one step further by using the magic idea : “the plot against monarchy”.

Such old and pathetic trick…

But the scary thing is that Abhisit probably believes what he’s saying…

The bottom line is : everything is set for a major and violent episode.

Paranoia + isolation + feeling surrounded/attacked = confusion and danger.

TO LAUGH A LITTLE BIT
A least… the US Army uses some colors. 😉

23 Responses to “Paranoia, mental disorder and propaganda : the Army discloses a plot against monarchy”


  1. 1 David Brown 28 April 2010 at 6:32 am

    these people are panicking

    in the past their bluff over the lower classes has not been called

    they have been able to claim superiority and the lower classes have wai-ed deeply and done their bidding

    now the lower classes are claiming equality in voting for their representatives in parliament, they want to share, they are not claiming to replace the ruling classes but to cooperate with them

    unfortunately the ruling classes cannot let go their exclusive rights to management and consumption of the resources of the country

    many countries have already been through the process of democratisation, the rulers have recognised and discovered they can live and prosper even under the democratic system

    the Thai rulers are backward and ignorant, shielded from reality by the ease with which their military/monarchy nexus has rendered the masses docile

    however, the masses have decided, it is time, they require democratic rights and the rulers will agree, not if but with how much foolish resistance and when

  2. 2 Bedwyr 28 April 2010 at 8:24 am

    Fukky agree, this shows signs of sever psychological dyisfunction.

    its a standard strategy of Thai governments that “If you can’t blind them sith scence then baffle them with bullshit“, but this nonsense about a conspiracy to overthrow the monarchy, combined with Abhisit’s recent overseas media blitz (I’ll bet he looked like a complete psycho up against Zeinab badawi on BBC’s ‘Hard Talk’), just shows they have run out of credibility.

    Surely nobody believes a thing Abhisit and his accomplices say any more, except perhaps the potatoes in the field and the most delusional and hysterical of the delusional and hysterical yellow-shirts.

    Abhisit is busily generating some interesting history for himself.

  3. 3 Anonymous 28 April 2010 at 9:56 am

    This is hilarious. The Army tried to do the same old dirty trick they did before they launched a crackdown on the students at Thammasat Univ’s campus way back on the 6th of October 1976. (almost 34 years ago).

    At that time, it worked because people believed the military’s disinformation campaign saying that the students were “communists” who wanted to overthrow the monarchy. But now, we just laughed off this cheap trick.

    It is really amusing to think that the current colonel spokesman, who appears regularly in your tv, was just a little kid playing kites 34 years ago and now he tries hard to deceive us.

  4. 4 Dan 28 April 2010 at 10:33 am

    I think the American military have been running seminars on this stuff: look at http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/julian-borger-global-security-blog/2010/apr/27/afghanistan-microsoft#zoomed-picture. Either that or the guy who did the set design for A Beautiful Mind is getting around a lot these days.

  5. 5 seer 28 April 2010 at 12:26 pm

    Even when liars tell the truth, they are never believed. The liar will lie once, twice, and then perish when he tells the truth.

  6. 6 Patiwat 28 April 2010 at 3:57 pm

    As incompetent as Abhisit’s government has been, I do respect them for holding out the use of full scale force for so long. In any other civilized country, all these people would have been thrown until jail and forcefully removed for blocking major commerce sections and setting up their own “security” checkpoints.

    I’m already against the random searches the police can conduct when driving past a police checkpoint, the last thing I need is a random red shirt guard with no authority to go through my car for their amusement and at their pleasure. If I refuse, they will bash my Honda Jazz in as they have many others who are tired of this nonsense.

    The Red Shirt propaganda is no different from the government propaganda. Its just benefiting another group of elite. In the end, me, the middle class citizen and the red shirt farmer lives are not going to change. That’s sad part.

    Thaksin, Newin, Banharn, Abhisit, Chavalit are all a part of the same problem. The problem of elected officials siphoning off billions for projects that do not benefit the population truly.

    Thailand certainly lacks a charismatic leader for the future. Until one is found, no real change will ever happen.

  7. 7 ThaiCrisis 28 April 2010 at 4:10 pm

    Thaksin, Newin, Banharn, Abhisit, Chavalit are all a part of the same problem. The problem of elected officials siphoning off billions for projects that do not benefit the population truly.

    You have summarized the problem…
    After, it’s a matter of choice : the choice of our plague…

  8. 8 Pricilla 28 April 2010 at 7:14 pm

    Yes, does seem like we have entered a Thai style Twilight Zone, this latest one is really out there but following a pattern of gradual escalation of propaganda. Seems the excuse is being manufactured for a shooting spree. Again note that if they had dealt with the yellows they would have had the moral authority to stop all this long ago. However…

    Read an interesting article on New Mandela suggesting all this crap is about different army factions pushing for power. The article goes on to say a powerful person has their own agenda and people they want in place. Doesn’t say why but should be apparent. This does resonate as have noticed the former finesse has disappeared, cunning and subtlety has been replaced with a sledge hammer with initials carved in the handle.

    Another poster on BP tied in TC comments re hospitalization as part of this change in SOP as well.

  9. 9 Lothar 29 April 2010 at 12:18 am

    @Pricilla: I would like to clarify that the New Mandela article is only talking about the 10th April late night involvement of the army – it was a pure police operation during the afternoon.

    This two different army fractions fighting against each other for career of whatever is an independent second front and has nothing to do with the Red Government confrontation.

    This makes me freeze cause it means that without this now cleared conflict we might see a much higher bloodshed at the next confrontation if there are no magic black man who can stop the shooting.

    I have to say that therefore i hope that New Mandela is wrong and the black troops are Saeh Daengs soldiers.

  10. 10 David Brown 29 April 2010 at 8:12 am

    Lothar

    thanks for your note about police and army involvement

    I find it quire confusing and I think many reports, especially international are also confused about which entity is involved in which action…

    I can see some general principles that often the police are first, “backed up” by soldiers, with (sometimes rumors that the soldiers are planning to shoot the police to start chaos happening)

    especially in riot gear they all look like star wars actors (like models on the walkway showing off their bosses latest wealth creating fashion wear and just as effective)

  11. 11 Brighton 29 April 2010 at 4:25 pm

    Re: Pricilla’s comment:

    “Again note that if they had dealt with the yellows they would have had the moral authority to stop all this long ago. However…”

    Perhaps the facts don’t make a good story or support pre-conceived ideas, but it was a different government dealing with the yellows.

    The current Abhisit coalition is not the Samak government nor the Somchai government(although the MPs originated from the same parliamentary election, held after a national referendum ratified the post-coup constitution and cleared the way for ‘democratic’ elections).

    Taking this point further, it’s difficult to argue that elections after a coup cannot be ‘democratic’. Elections and governments in Thailand since 1932 have been post-coup elections, so does this make them undemocratic? When is the magic moment when democracy begins.

  12. 12 Pricilla 29 April 2010 at 7:55 pm

    Hi Brighton,

    I guess we live in alternate universes, but in mine we are objective and released the earth was round.

  13. 13 Mark 29 April 2010 at 8:04 pm

    May be we should be thankful for the slide. It may show the people whom we can trust that they are telling us what they believe in?

    My believe is that the democrat party as well as the PAD are smelling that the chess player are giving them up. Sacrifice of pawns may be …

  14. 14 Lothar 29 April 2010 at 11:58 pm

    @Brighton:

    I don’t know about your country, but in Germany if a coalition breaks they can not negotiate again. They must hold a new election.

    This is in most countries. The “selling” of members of parlaments to other parties after one party is dissolved is also crazy for a democracy.

    Also the idea of party dissolution is just crazy and stupid. It’s a reason why political parties here in thailand are normally just a following of a Leader and not a party with political directions and fundamentals. This does not sound healthy for a parlamentary democracy.

  15. 15 ThaiCrisis 30 April 2010 at 1:35 am

    I agree 100 % Lothar.

    What the Democrat Party (driven by the army) did in december 2008 is just unbearable : to buy a bunch of MP’s, ex (very good) friends of Thaksin, the so called arch ennemy, so they can “change” allegiance in a monstruous “Frankenstein Coaliation” and then elect Abhisit as Prime Minister, is nothing less but a shame.

    A bozo coup, as I wrote a trillion times.

    For that matter, Abhisit shares the shame. He’s an accomplice, at best, a vulgar and pathetic puppet at worst.

    The current gouvernment is just a Junta version 2006, repackaged in a “rule of law”, “love of democracy” shell.

    The current government is a living insult to intelligence.

    It’s astonishing to see that there are still people unable, 1 year and a half after, to understand this simple fact.

    The shameful comedy, the “pretend show” must end. Organize elections, and basta ! The thai people will choose.

    Now, don’t get me wrong… the alternatives to this government are not very nice… But that’s another issue.

  16. 16 banphai 30 April 2010 at 2:44 pm

    Kasit now appears to think the international diplomatic community in Thailand is also involved in the plot:
    http://www.ajc.com/news/nation-world/thai-protest-rivals-want-503783.html

  17. 17 Bedwyr 1 May 2010 at 8:24 am

    @banphai:

    Good link. Two interesting comments from it:

    1. “Chamlong Srimuang, a top Yellow Shirt leader, suggested that martial law be imposed, handing over most state functions to the military, and warned that civil war might ensue if the rival “Red Shirt” protesters are not stopped.

    The civil war threat is real and we are closer to that than many people think (recall I predicted this situation more than a year ago). But for Chamlong to make this point, he must acknowledge that the Reds constitute at best (in his estimation) a large minority or at worst a mjority of the Thai people. Otherwise he would have said insurrection or something similar.

    2. “Thailand’s king is nearly universally revered, and laws severely restrict discussion of him.

    This tired old fiction again. If he was nearly universally revered then there would be no need for him to be protected, the nearly universal (in Thailand) reverence would be all that he needed surely? The fact is that this reverence has been imposed as a part of the decades-long Thai amart propaganda apparatus. It is surely even less true with each passing day, which is why the government is desperately trying to invoke more and more lese-majeste (and proposing to make it even more draconian than it is already), and developing alternative lese-majeste instruments in disguise like the computer crimes act.

    This awful government really is treading the road to Rangoon, and thanks to Kasit and his ilk steadfastly maintaining their rectal view, they have few or no diplomatic friends out there any more.

    Well done Kasit – top job! Your Mum would be so proud.

  18. 18 Brighton 1 May 2010 at 2:38 pm

    @ThaiCrisis (30 April 2010)

    Apologies for a very long post, but I am not entirely clear about your strongly worded arguments.

    Are you implying that the December 2007 Thai elections were unlawful, despite the fact that they were held after the August 2007 constitutional referendum ratified the constitution drawn up after the coup? And are you implying that the referendum process in 2007 was undemocratic? After all, a referendum is a ‘vote by the people’, and that there were alternatives to the 2007 constitution that may have been imposed by the junta.

    Do you believe that the Thai supreme courts that found some practices of the Somchai and Samak coalitions illegal – and led to their dissolution – were actually corrupt?

    Are you saying that (leaving aside for the present time the red herring of the ‘morality’ of coalition partners changing affiliations after the dissolution of the Samak prime ministership) the appointment of Abhisit as prime minister was illegal under the Thai constitution?

    If a coalition retains the confidence of the parliament, why don’t you agree that it has a right to continue until it is defeated in the parliament or that improprieties by its members lead to legal action to remove it (as may well happen to the Democrat Party)?

    Also, if the present government is indeed a military government in disguise (as you suggest) why has the military allowed three weeks to pass before removing the protestors from Rajaprasong and Lumpini? Why is it in the military’s interests to prolong a stalemate?

    Finally, what are your views on the 2006 dissolution of parliament brought on by Thaksin when his leadership was challenged (outside of the parliament)? Why did he not step aside as PM to cool the situation and allow TRT to continue to govern? Do the seeds to the present situation lie there? Was that the death knell of Thai democracy?

    I would appreciate some context to your comments, and I am interested in whether you believe due process of law has been followed to bring the country to this point, and if not, why not.

  19. 19 ThaiCrisis 1 May 2010 at 3:08 pm

    To Brighton :
    -Referendum and december 2007 elections : they were “lawful”. Eventhough we could argue that political processes that are the result of a military coup are not legitimate.

    -Furthermore, don’t confuse a general election (in order to form a government) with a referendum about… a Constitution. It’s totally different, eventhough in both case people vote.

    This is why the Junta “won” the referendum (the Constitution was approved) in august… and then a few months after lost the general election. There isn’t any contradiction here. Oranges are not apples.

    -We have to be careful with the concept of “lawful” and “legitimacy”. My point : those words are OFTEN left out without any substance in the world. Iran is a “lawful” country. The junta in Burma is “lawful”. North Korea too has many “laws”. All the inane dictators and lunatics politicians in the world are pushing “laws”. Does it make them “legitimate” ? In the eyes of democracy, of course not.

    -In Thailand, politicians love “laws”.

    -You make a mistake : the Thai Supreme court didn’t rule that their government and coalition were “illegal”. It ruled that the TRT and the PPP had violated some elections laws, that’s different.

    -Corrupt ? Sure. Corruption is endemic in Thailand. Unfortunately. Not more not less than the previous governments and Juntas, not more not less than the futur… governments and Juntas….

    -The appointement of Abhisit is OF COURSE a scandal. Where is the legitimacy in a process in which you buy a bunch of lunatics MP (the Newin gang), ex very good friends of Thaksin, in order to create a Frankenstein Coalition and push your own PM, when actually you are unable to win any elections ?

    It’s an insult to common sense, an insult to intelligence, and an insult to all democratic principles.

    Think about it : you vote and elect Labour MPs in the UK. They got the majority. They form a government. And then 1 year after, the Conservators “buy” a few Labour MP, so they can change allegiance in order to make a new coalition, and therefore a Conservator PM is nominated…

    I mean what would you say ? What the english voters would say ?

    “Respect of the rule of law” like Abhisit is repeating as an inane headless chicken ? Love of democracy ? Bullshit.

    The simple fact that you could ask the question is troubling.

    -Of course the Army is behind. Why they don’t attack and remove the protesters ? Well… first they will do it. Eventually. And second, because they’re afraid. Because once they start, it will be a massacre, Thailand will be seen a Burma Number 2, the Army will lose prestige (if it has still a little bit left), and Thailand will be officially a failed state.

    But as I wrote a trillion times before, they have no choice. The Army MUST STAY IN CONTROL until the King passes away. It’s sad, but that’s the key to understand and read the whole thai political circus.

    The King’s death is awakening factions. They all want a piece of the cake. Therefore, it’s a basic conflict of interests. Period. It’s old as humanity is old. The ones who have power today want to keep it tomorrow. The ones who don’t have the power today, want to gain it tomorrow.

    To understand this, a basic knowledge of world history is enough.

    Again, it’s so simple to understand. So for that matter, a stalemate is better than any other alternative (in their eyes). The royal succession must be controled -at all costs- by a “friendly” government, while giving some nice smiles and big words (“democracy”, “rule of law) to the outside world. That’s the only PURPOSE of Abhisit.

    -Dissolution of 2006, under Thaksin. Well I’m sorry, but it was the best democratic solution ! People are not happy ? They protest in the streets ? Well, fair enough, let’s organize a new elections, so all the people can have their words and decide !
    And this is precisely what should do Abhisit right now. But of course, he doesn’t want it, and his masters don’t want it, because THEY WOULD SURELY LOSE. Like they lost, over and over since 2001.

    Eventually, you’re making a big mistake to try to “placate” democratic principles, ideas, processes and history taken from the western world, to Thailand.
    It can work for rethoric purposes, it sounds very nice, but it leads to nothing in term of understanding the reality on the thai ground, in the thai historic perspective.

  20. 20 Pricilla 1 May 2010 at 6:03 pm

    Brighton, a final comment prior moving on, what occurs in Thailand is rarely what it appears to be on the surface. So you read the local English papers that have an anti-Taksin bias and largely praise the current establishment government and learn nothing.

    You have to read outside more to even get an inkling of what is really going on. And I am not talking about visa type forums that are heavily moderated and seem to favour the knuckle draggers, I was banned for 30 years on a well known one, I’ll be dead before I could post again, because I argued against what I saw as a politically correct agenda unduly influencing opinion. Response…ban him.

    Don’t confuse attacking the many wrongs and evils of this government as support for Taksin, that is just the mainstream media line. He did good and he did bad, and yes he was corrupt just like all his predecessors. The establishment don’t hate him for SOP, it is because he rocked the boat, to his own benefit to be sure, but he also opened Pandora’s box.

    Keep reading abroad and blogs like this and the one I suggested before, you don’t have to convert, just learn more. Knowledge should be embraced, not feared.

  21. 21 Insanity 1 May 2010 at 6:26 pm

    I thought the drawings were concise and well articulated for any normal average schizophrenic.

    ********************
    Appears that Lean 6 Sigma (LSS) workflows have reached its apex in the U. S. / Thai military.
    It may be time for another consultant innovation/improvement replacement for LSS (pronounced Less).

  22. 22 koko 2 May 2010 at 3:20 am

    interview with journalist of France24 news, Seh Deang compares the red shirt protest actions in Rajaprasong with incident at Bastille during French revolution by saying, ” here it’s just like in Paris, two centuries ago, at the Bastille…”

    In France, the incident at Bastille (which is now a national holiday called “Bastille Day”) is a symbol of the end of monarchy and beginning of the Republic.

    See this youtube video (Seh Daeng makes the comment starting at 0.55 mins)

    Brief History Info about Bastille incident:

    “….But the negotiations ended when a group of revolutionaries entered the Bastille. The King’s guards were ordered to fire, killing hundreds of people. The path of the revolt completely changed when the King’s rescue team showed up and decided not to fight against but with the mob [my comment: this is like the watermelon soldiers!!!]. With their canons and their professional soldier skills, they brought victory to the people of France against Louis XVI’s guards in a few hours. At 4pm, the Marquis de Launay surrendered and let the people enter the Bastille. The guards were violently killed and the Marquis de Launay was beheaded, with his head then put on a stake and carried all over the city as a sign of victory…..”

    Some historians found the diary of the King. On that day, July 14th, 1789 he only wrote “Nothing”. That was the result of his day’s hunting. When the Duc de Liancourt informed the King of what happened at the Bastille, the King asked his advisor “is this a revolt?” and he was answered, “No Majesty, this is a revolution”.

    source:
    http://bastille-day.com/history/Storming-Of-The-Bastille-July-14-1789

    more info on Bastille here:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Storming_of_the_Bastille

  23. 23 ray 2 May 2010 at 4:41 pm

    @thaicrisis.. happy to be able to read yr posts again. agree with u on everything except this one point.

    1) thaksin disolving the parliamnt in 2006 because ppl were protesting. he dissolve the parliamnt because he did not want the democrats to censure him in parliamnt in regds to selling shares to temasek of shin sharesa and not paying a single baht in tax.( the law say and capital gains in stock exchange is exempt from income tax). lawful yes.. legit=?..


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Thailand Crisis

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

But this time, it's different.

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


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