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Monday, April 27, 2009
Spreading the hate message
Adolf Hitler once said: "Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it and eventually they will believe it." And Franklin P Adams, the well-known American journalist and radio personality: "The trouble with this country is that there are too many politicians who believe, with a conviction based on experience, that you can fool all of the people all the time."
These two famous quotes pertaining to lies were deliberately selected to describe the conduct of our legislators, particularly the opposition Puea Thai MPs, during the joint parliamentary session in parliament last Wednesday and Thursday which was originally intended to be a brainstorming forum to search for solutions to the country's protracted political crisis.
Instead of a constructive discussion in a civilised manner, the entire event was turned into a circus with one after another Puea Thai MP piling scorn and accusations on the Abhisit government and the military for their alleged brutal handling of the red shirt protesters during the Songkran riots in Bangkok with the support of questionable video clips, unsubstantiated evidence, hearsay, wild imagination or pure fantasy.
Piecing together the essence of the Puea Thai MPs' vicious barbs during the debate, one could draw a picture of the riot and the government's response to it as seen from the Puea Thai's distorted perspective, apparently intended to mislead the gullible.
The key message to the public from the Puea Thai party is that what the public saw from the television or the actual riot in action with their own eyes might be just an illusion; the black colour they saw might actually be white and vice versa.
Here is the Puea Thai's summarised version of the red shirt protest, the riots and the crackdown by the military.
- The red shirt protest was peaceful, non-provocative and none of them were armed. The red shirt protesters who were seen making Molotov cocktails right at the protest site or who were seen lobbing petrol bombs on advancing troops were mere fake protesters probably on somebody's payroll to discredit the red shirts. The protesters were as clean as a sheet of linen.
- Red shirt protesters did not storm the venue of the Asean plus 3 and Asean plus 6 summits at the Royal Cliff Beach Resort. In fact, they were allowed onto the premises by police and soldiers. Also, they were not responsible for the cancellation of the summits. On the contrary, it was Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva who chickened out and cancelled the summits.
- The red shirt protesters did not intimidate or attempted to take the life of Mr Abhisit when he went to the Interior Ministry to declare the state of emergency for Bangkok and neighbouring provinces. Instead they were there to rescue him from a mob masquerading as red shirt protesters. What you saw on the television screen a frenzied mob smashing Mr Abhisit’s car with chairs, bricks, plant pots and iron pipes had nothing to do with the red shirts.
- Red shirt protesters were totally in the dark about all the gas tankers hauled to Din Daeng and other spots nearby to block the advance of the soldiers. The tankers were parked there by elements probably linked with Newin Chidchob.
- Soldiers used live bullets to fire on unarmed protesters, several of whom were believed to have been killed and their bodies hauled away in army trucks to be destroyed at some unknown locations to cover up the crime.
- The burning of hijacked buses, the vandalising of a mosque in a Muslim community on Petchaburi Road and the shootings which were widely thought to be perpetrated by red shirt protesters were in fact staged by third-hand elements in the guise of red shirt protesters. Anyone could don a red shirt and be seen as one of them, so said a Puea Thai MP. Also, the red shirts were not involved in the fatal shooting of two Nang Lerng residents.
- And last but not least, Prime Minister Abhisit was solely to blame for causing the worst political divide ever seen and for causing incalculable damage to the country's economy for imposing the state of emergency without any justification. You are all wrong to put the blame on Thaksin Shinawatra.
Having initially heard some of these absurdities, I simply could not believe my ears that they actually came from our grown up and well-educated MPs. After all, my hearing is all right and also I was not in the field among sheep. Then someone reminded me of the above two famous quotes which helped enlighten me about the Puea Thai’s whole circus in the parliament. Of course, there might be people out there who are gullible enough to fall victim to this shameless hate campaign.
It was indeed an achievement by the Puea Thai party if that actually qualified as an achievement and if its real agenda was to add fuel to fire to stir up hatred of the government and the military and to further deepen the ever-widening political and social divide in this country.
In contrast to the Puea Thai MPs’ shameless performance in the parliament, Prime Minister Abhisit has demonstrated his political maturity and composure and leadership. Despite the apparent hate message, he decided to lift the state of emergency and to set up an independent and impartial panel to look into the Songkran riot and the handling of the riot by security forces.
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