By Tony Cartalucci
As the media tries to canonize fugitive ex-prime minister Thaksin Shinwatra as a visionary of democracy, and patriarch of Thailand’s “red shirt” movement, his proxies on the ground in Thailand are either in jail or on the run.
“It is the beginning of class war,” said Natthawut Saikua, a UDD red shirt leader. Mr. Saikua, who was once a member of Thaksin’s political party, had called on protesters several times before the final confrontation to “burn all of Thailand to the ground,” should the red shirt leadership be caught.
The violent nature of the red shirts is well known in Thailand, but for observers overseas depending on the mass media for information, they appeared as gallant, slingshot wielding protesters on par with the Greeks. They attacked banks, just like the Greeks and fought against heavily armed riot troops, just like the Greeks. What wasn’t mentioned was the fact that Thailand wasn’t under any “austerity” measures. The media had also done a masterful job of concealing the army of ex-rangers, dressed in black, working on behalf of Thaksin and the red shirts.
They ambushed the military during a crackdown on April 10th, 2010, after conducting weeks of drive-by shootings and grenade attacks on offices and business fronts, including banks that were personal enemies of Thaksin Shinwatra.
From Reuters, “The red shirts’ international spokesman, Sean Boonpracong, told Reuters elements of the army are with their movement. They are known as ‘watermelons’ — green on the outside but red in the middle — and they include the shadowy, black-clad men with military weapons that were seen at the April 10th crackdown.
‘They are a secret unit within the army that disagrees with what’s going on. Without them, the black clad men, there would have been a whole lot more deaths and injuries,’ he said.”
Major General Khattiya Sawasdipol, know as ‘Seh Daeng,’ or ‘Red Commander,’ was a close associate of Thaksin Shinwatra, meeting him several times in Dubai during Thaksin’s exile, also made a startling admission that indeed, there was an armed, militant wing of professional killers working on behalf of Thaksin. This report comes from “The Age.”
“In one recent interview he declared that he had 300 armed men trained for ”close encounters” and armed with M79 grenade launchers. In other interviews he denied he was the leader of the military wing of the UDD.
When a senior military officer was killed by sniper fire last month, he told the media that it was the work of a shadowy unit supporting Thaksin inside the military, dubbed the Ronin Warriors (a reference to the era of Samurai warriors in Japan). He strongly denied he was the leader of this death squad.”
Despite open admissions of armed insurrection against the Thai government by red shirt leadership, the mainstream news media did its best to bury these facts and continue portraying Thailand as another “Greece.” Another premise they have made was that this movement was grassroots, organic, and fluid. Again, those in Thailand knew otherwise.
The red shirt leadership is an exclusive club of Chinese trained Maoists, current and former members of Thaksin’s political party, and entertainers paid to place their stamp of approval on the movement for their impressionable audience. The organizing of the “red shirts” can be best described by this article from ISP, which exposes the fact that Thaksin’s closest associates were actually conducting indoctrination camps all over the rural north of Thailand.
The final impression the mainstream media tries to get across to its unsuspecting audience is that the protesters were fighting for “democracy.” On face value, those fighting for “modern” democracy implies a globalist hit, but implications are not necessary. Thaksin’s Marxist intelligentsia tried in vain to convince us that a Marxist welfare state equates to democracy and self-determination. This interview with self-confessed Marxist, red shirt leader in exile, and writer of the “Red Siam Manifesto,” Giles Ungkaporn gives us a breathtaking display of hypocrisy and same-sentence contradictions as he describes the “democracy” the red shirts plan to bring to Thailand.
Thaksin Shinwatra himself, a CFR speaker, former Carlyle Group member, Asian Union proponent who proposed the Asian Cooperative Dialogue, has since the 2006 coup been supported by some of Washington and the West’s best lobbyist firms These include Baker & Botts, Edelman, Amsterdam and Peroff, and Barbour Griffith and Rogers. With the mainstream media bending to the commentary of lawyers like Robert Amsterdam, repeating Giles Ungkaporn’s rhetoric almost verbatim, and the UN attempting to pry its way into the conflict, again, it appears as if a globalist hit was in progress.
Of course, with the violence ended, and the red shirt leaders and their propaganda network shut down, it is uncertain what will come next. UDD red shirt leader Jakrapob Penkair, and former spokesman for Thaksin Shinwatra, told Asia Times “that the UDD had clandestinely moved small arms from Cambodia to Thaksin’s supporters in Thailand’s northeastern region, where the exiled premier’s popularity runs strongest. He told other news agencies that the UDD was willing to launch an “armed struggle” to achieve its goals, which included the toppling of the government and restoration of Thaksin’s power.”
It seems for now, despite the mainstream media’s best efforts and the most well connected lawyers and lobbyist firms on earth being involved, the “People’s War” has been delayed, giving Thailand some much needed breathing room.
What unfolds in the days, months, and years to come will determine whether Thailand succumbs to the globalists or is able to maintain their sovereignty and work within their own system to end corruption, reduce poverty, and create better social justice through their own, real, self-determination.
On a final note, another convenient oversight of the mass media’s new “saint of democracy,” was Thaksin’s ties to ex-Khmer Rogue, dictator for life; Cambodia’s PM Hun Sen. Asia Times article “Plots seen in Thaksin’s Cambodia gambit,” referenced above, also points out that Thaksin Shinwatra was officially named as Hun Sen’s “economic adviser.” Thaskin, during his exile has landed more than once in Cambodia to conduct his business of undermining neighboring Thailand. His political party has literally met with him on foreign Cambodian soil to conduct political business. Thaksin Shinwatra’s associations with dictator Hun Sen are most unsettling as Hun Sen is himself a globalist minion who has literally sold half of his nation out to globalist investors.
Considering this, and the nature of Thaksin Shinwatra, his nefarious associations and the dubious support given to him and his “red shirts” by the mainstream media, we must take a step back and recognize this for what it was. A globalist hit. It has stalled, and instead of being in “solidarity” with Marxist rebels, we should take the reprieve in violence as a victory and proof that the once ‘all powerful’ globalists are now showing signs of weakness and failing on every front.