Re: ``Ministry's panel rules to strip Abhisit of rank, salary'', reported in the Bangkok Post on Thursday _ what impudence! How embarrassing that any defence ministry anywhere in the world should stoop to such a cheap shot and slander a young academic who was ready and willing to offer his superb education and teaching skills to young cadets in place of his military service. Indeed, Abhisit Vejajiva is still offering everything he's got to serve the Thai people, even putting his life on the line.
Many have doubts about the alleged assassination attempt on Thaksin Shinawatra at Tachilek, but we all saw precisely what did happen at the Interior Ministry in 2009 when the red shirts dragged Nibhon Phromphan, the Democrat secretary-general, out of his car and beat him up in broad daylight, and although we didn't see Mr Abhisit personally we could see the deadly situation from which his car had only just managed to escape. And, of course, we had already seen and heard the red shirts baying for Mr Abhisit's blood as they broke into the Royal Cliff Beach Hotel during the Asean Plus Six Summit in Pattaya.
The person Thaksin is most afraid of in Thailand is obviously Mr Abhisit, and this absurd piece of Defence Ministry character assassination is a sign of not just small-mindedness but blind panic.
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