The Department of Special Investigation's indictment of former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva for murder relating to the crackdown on the 2010 red shirt protests is a shocking reflection of the state of the Thai criminal justice system.
It brings to mind countless other incidents around the world in which instruments of state power were harnessed to the interests of the dominant party with the passive approval of an apathetic populace.
The case speaks volumes about the present administration's winner-takes-all approach when it comes to national reconciliation.
I sincerely hope that the public sees it as it is: a last ditch attempt by a would-be despot to neutralise his opponents, even if the price is crashing Thai democracy.
THAI JUSTICE NOT BLIND
While I have the utmost respect for Burin Kantabutra, I would beg to differ with the opinion presented in his letter in yesterday's ''PostBag'', ''No one is above the law''.
He says that those who were ''following orders'' issued by those in power during the red shirt demonstrations should also be held accountable for their actions. While what Mr Burin says holds for Western and European countries with set, stable politics and constitutions that are not easily amended, in Thailand justice is in the eyes of those in power and how they interpret it.
The Pheu Thai Party wants to pick on Abhisit Vejjajiva and charge him with murder, yet not a word is uttered about bringing murder charges against former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra for the deaths of hundreds of people when he gave carte blanche to police to act in his government's ''war on drugs''.
Yet the Pheu Thai government, which is directly influenced by Thaksin, is trying to have Mr Abhisit brought up on charges of draft dodging. Justice? I'm afraid it is only a word in Thailand, a vague concept only, enforced by those in power, and subject to change with their whims.
COMMONWEALTH HAS MOVED ON
In his letter yesterday titled ''Blair wrong many times'' Chiangmai Charlie contends that if Britain had stuck to a ''Commonwealth Trading Bloc'' of countries previously colonised by Great Britain, ''her future would look a lot brighter than it does now''. I would agree if God had combined all those previously colonised nations and put them in Europe. Fortunately, distance is the cause of the collapse of the Commonwealth despite many efforts to prop it up.
One just cannot get excited about Commonwealth Games, but the Brits can get frenzied over the Euro Cup nearby.
Citing the current strength of Canada, Australia and New Zealand is a pure misreading of the geopolitical scene. Their abundance of natural resources, much needed by China, is the overriding factor in their enviable situation, and not their British heritage.
GOODBYE TO BLAIR
I wonder why the media continues to give Tony Blair so much coverage. He failed miserably as the British prime minister and I sincerely hope he will fail in his bid to be the first president of the European Union.
WE'VE GOT TO LIVE TOGETHER
I hope you readers will take some time to ponder the lyrics of You've Got to Be Carefully Taught from the soundtrack of the movie South Pacific, which include:
''You've got to be taught to hate and fear ...
You've got to be taught to be afraid
Of people whose eyes are oddly made
And people whose skin is a different shade ...
You've got to be taught before it's too late,
Before you are six or seven or eight,
To hate all the people your relatives hate,
You've got to be carefully taught.''
Carefully taught biased hatred and deeply ingrained collective fear are hallmarks of the herd instinct which stampedes animosity toward those not considered part of the herd. Negative perceptions breed contempt for others as well as ourselves, while a self-respecting positive consciousness enables us to become as accepting of our neighbours' shortcomings as we are of our own.
Free-thinking tolerance and flexibility are required for open hearts and minds to better comprehend the beliefs, traditions and practices of others without necessarily sharing or accepting them.
World peace means living together with mutual tolerance, understanding and respect.
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