Friday, March 2, 2007

The First Post: Is Thailand on the Brink of Collapse?

Corruption, terrorism and black magic threaten to tear apart the Land of Smiles, says sean thomas

When prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra was forced out of office last September, most Thais breathed a sigh of relief. It might not have been democratic, but at least the handover of power to a military junta was relatively tranquil. Girls even danced around the tanks in Bangkok's Siam Square.

All that may be about to change. A bubbling brew of corruption, ethnic resentment, terrorist threats, backstage politicking - and even black magic - threatens to throw Thailand into turmoil.

The latest development is the surprise resignation this week of the provisional regime's finance minister, Pridiyathorn Devakula. And it comes amid swirling rumours that the mercurial half-Chinese ex-premier wants his job back.


This article is more of the same. I thought the bit about ghosts and black magic was interesting.

No wonder the country is falling apart. Thailand's best and brightest believe witchcraft, voodoo, black magic and horoscopes are at the root of the country's problems.

What about integrity? What about dhamma? What about telling the truth? What about not stealing? What about taking personal responsibility? What about the rule of law?

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