Re: ''Ex-PM hardly brave to face charge'' (Postbag, Dec 16). Dom Dunn misses the mark by a wide margin when he blames former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva for the violence and the loss of 91 lives in downtown Bangkok. Thaksin could have called off the red shirt mobs numerous times and saved their lives before the military cracked down, but as usual, he did not do that, for selfish reasons. Indeed, human life has always been cheap for Thaksin. As for the charge that other means could have been used to clear the mob, I presume Mr Dunn meant the largely pro-Thaksin police force. Of course, being the Thaksinistas that they were, their presence was essentially useless. Their bias ultimately cost lives as well.
The red shirt leaders should have taken the offer of elections a few months later than they wanted, rather than stubbornly insisting on their own time frame. These leaders and their hubris are also to blame for loss of life.
As someone who personally witnessed red-shirt vandalism, arson and other mayhem during that time, I can say the average red shirt was calling down retribution on himself, either by committing crimes or tolerating crime within red shirt ranks. So please do not beatify the red shirt mob, Mr Dunn.
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