- Posted December 16, 2013 by
CRISIS IN THAILAND
It is a mistake for the US government or other governments to poke into Thai internal matters. It is important to explain this to American and to other foreign readers.
It is also important to explain that the Thai opposition members are not violent radicals who wish to overthrow democracy, but are a peaceful yet powerful movement who demand that democracy be overhauled.
Holding yet more elections while the system is still broken is like flying an airplane while attempting to make crucial engine repairs. Most pilots would say that is a bad idea.
Thai democracy is broken. It needs reform. This is the goal of the opposition. Their voices are not being heard as widely as they should be heard.
My goal is not to take sides but to observe and analyze where possible, using my international experience and travel in about seventy countries and numerous conflicts and wars. Nobody wants a war in Thailand. It would be the worse than anyone can imagine. Reform is all that is needed, and the well educated opposition can see this.
As for my work, it is not free. It is expensive on a personal scale, yet trivial on the scale of Thailand. People who work for CNN and the New York Times do not pay for their flights, interpreters, broken computers and upgrades, or cameras. I pay for everything.
Everyone must pay the bills. Insurance, hotels, new body armor, it all adds up to big bills. Iraq and Afghanistan coverage used to cost about $30,000 per month, but then I was reaching millions of people around the world and so the money was accounting dust.
I brought you the work from Bangkok in 2010, and can do it now better than ever. A more vibrant budget means I can hire Thai staff.
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This is an immensely important time in Thailand and it is of utmost importance that international audiences get more than what they got during the dark days of 2010. With your help, it can be done. I will depart from Turkey later this week, direct to Bangkok.