Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul has staked out a breathtaking position on the controversy and violence surrounding a vile anti-Islamic video. According to the minister, he and the Thai government intend to be neutral.
True to his word, neither he nor any other minister has provided an opinion on the issue. Meanwhile, there have been indignant protests in at least 20 countries, including Thailand, and some have turned violent.
What is unclear and unsettling is just what Mr Surapong and the government are being neutral about. Neutrality denotes a non-judgemental position between two opposing sides or opinions. Mr Surapong has made Thailand the only country which has spoken out but expressed no view of the core cause of the protests in Thai cities, among others.
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