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Eerie parallels between two Octobers

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Justice or impunity, amnesty or licence to kill, reconciliation or oblivion, the numb comfort of forgetting or the sour, endless curse of remembering. Take your pick, for the parliamentary push for the "blanket" amnesty bill that could cleanse the legal sins of everyone from the military to snipers to protesters to ex-PMs - Thaksin Shinawatra and Abhisit Vejjajiva - has raised the political temperature and confirmed the social cracks we still have to brave. 

To recap: Thaksin, pushing the bill that would help him return to Charan Sanitwong, said the country needs to be reset. The anti-Thaksin camp is fuming that the bill would constitutionally absolve the Dubai resident and even pave a tricky path for other corrupters to escape punishment.

The relatives of red-shirt casualties oppose the bill on the grounds that the big boys who gave the orders during the May 2010 crackdown - meaning Mr Abhisit and Suthep Thuagsuban - would get off scot-free. Alleged murderers shouldn't be granted that kind of impunity, they say.

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