As was expected, Thailand’s military dictatorship has had to say something about the failed coup attempt in Turkey. The Bangkok Post reports that the world’s longest reigning military junta has “lashed out at its critics, particularly Pheu Thai politicians, for commenting on events in Turkey to undermine the Thai military, saying the political contexts in the two nations are entirely different.”
The doltish regime’s spokesman Colonel Winthai Suvaree “said most Thais see through their intentions and are aware of Thailand’s unique political situation that led to the May 22, 2014 coup.”
General Prayuth Chan-ocha, The Dictator, “said coup critics should avoid comparing the events in Turkey with the Thai coup…. He said the situations differed and he seized power because the previous government could not function.”
The final claim is Prayuth’s long-term excuse for engaging in an unlawful act to destroy an elected government in the interests of a minority.
Thailand might have had many coups, and all coups are made in particular circumstances. Yet there are always similarities that make the claim of uniqueness absolutely nonsensical ranting by a regime defending its illegal actions in 2014.
Here are some:
- all coups are illegal and overt seizures of a state by the military or other elites;
- all coups involve covert planning;
- all those successfully running a coup issue decrees or laws that grant the coup masters immunity from legal recourse;
- coup leaders rewrite laws and constitutions in their own interests;
- coups usually produce dictators;
- coups usually limit freedoms and rights;
- military budgets tend to increase;
- coup leaders who hold on to power become arrogant; and
- military regimes emphasize social order and hierarchy.
We are sure readers can think of more.