I was just thinking about how other countries, other governments deal with corruption and their politics.
How similar we all are! What Thailand is going thru now is not new and it's happened all over past and present.
I wish I know more of world histories and their leaders, and for those that do know, may be you can chime in on your
country's leaders good and bad.
I just wiki'ed Fujimori Alberto, former president of Peru. Wow! How eerily alike is he to
Taksin. A very educated man, was always a rising star and probably took the worst turn of his life by joining politic.
Although he came from no where, he won the supports of everyone. And like all popular leaders everywhere took the platform of "helping the poor". However, two major groups in the government grew to hate him. With the country's and military support, he took control. These groups later came back to revenge and all hell broke loose. He did his self exile.
While all of this was happening, the majority of Peruvians still supported him. Incredible! International communites sided with the minority parties since they portrayed him as authoritarian and undemocratic.
Eventually he was caught, brought back to Peru, "tried" by the Peruvian "justice system" and sentenced last year. Again
even after receiving the sentence, he's still very popular among common Peruvians, but despised among his peers.
So lessons learn: when going into politics, while it is common to stand on "helping the poor" policy to get votes, tread lightly.
Some leaders did it and have stayed in power, but some have succumbed to poverty himself.
Obama: portrayed as a socialist by opposition because of his stance on "poor" policy like Universal Heath Care for everyone...
Robin Hood (maybe not a politician, but should have been, since he would have the votes)
Sarkozy: don't know
Castro: rised with the poor, hung on to power
But the above are fist-pouding-podium leaders, don't know if they apply to Thailand.
I would like to learn more about other leaders and comparisons to Thai leaders.
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