The Thirst for Blood

It was, I think, in John Le Carre’s excellent novel The Honourable Schoolboy in which it was observed that, of all the peoples of the Mekong region, it was the Thais who were the most willing to turn guns on each other. This seems to be borne out by the thousands of PAD members and others masquerading as the ‘no colour’ demonstrators, whose principal demand seems to be that the army open fire on the pro-democracy demonstrators and use any means available for crushing political dissidence and free speech.

How many deaths will be enough to satisfy the thirst for blood these people have? As a farang, I occasionally come across other farangs who seem determined to tell me that there is a need for the Butcher to show some ‘balls,’ not to be a ‘wuss’ and so forth, by which they seem to mean it is justified to murder scores, hundreds and perhaps even thousands of demonstrators in order to ‘return the rule of law.’ I used to do interviews with executives in different countries as a form of research but, frankly, I became dispirited by the almost relentlessly hate-filled contempt these people mostly have (there are of course exceptions) for the people of the country where they live.

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JW has been one of the first contributors to this blog before he gave up on it all in April 2010, during a time when Thai society got more and more polarized about political matters because of red-shirt protesters.

One thought on “The Thirst for Blood”

  1. not only turn guns, but also endlessly kick & abuse the hanged corpses, while dancing & laughing & clapping hands & singing merry songs (see 1976 documentaries of Thammasat massacre ) – and yet, as if it wasn’t enough, for years to come continue demonize & vilify those killed.

    on other hand, meekness of victims often is astonishing, as parents of one of killed last Sat bright boys, Uni graduate, said on TV, crying : “I forgive them ” (he meant – those who shot their son)

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