Most rational people continue to press for political negotiations. More than ever, it is crystal clear that a one-sided "victory" would bring no closure. The only course with the slightest chance of success is compromise. But the men and women claiming to lead political developments have either rejected compromise outright, or are quickly moving away from it. It is up to concerned, reasonable citizens to bring them back to reality.
Suthep Thaugsuban has rejected compromise almost from the beginning of his crusade to topple the "Thaksin regime". Even cutting through his rhetoric, it seems he demands that his People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) supporters refuse all entreaty to negotiate a settlement. In this way lies destruction. Any so-called victory by Mr Suthep will be quickly challenged by an opposing group. The red shirts already have promised that.
For a while, it was possible to take the words of caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra at face value. She promised reconciliation and justice "for all Thais" in her election campaign. A political novice, she got the benefit of the doubt from most people in the country.
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