May 23, 2014 (Tony Cartalucci – ATN)
Life goes on as normal in Thailand’s capital of Bangkok the day after the Royal Thai Army declared it was taking power from the diminished, ineffectual “caretaker government” Thursday. Businesses and offices were open as usual on Friday with no discernible difference for Thais. TV programming is expected to be returned to normal today as well.
The coup was carried out at the climax of half a year of massive and protracted street demonstrations against the “Proxy Regime of Billionaire Thaksin Shinawatra”.
Shinawatra was himself ousted in a coup in 2006 and has since fled the country, residing primarily in Dubai.
However, with his formidable political machine left intact, Thaksin Shinawatra has been able to rule the country remotely through a series of nepotist-appointed proxies including his brother-in-law Somchai Wongsawat, and his own sister, Yingluck Shinawatra.
While the Western media continues portraying Shinawatra’s various proxy regimes as “democratically elected governments,” they are nothing of the sort. Shinawatra – a convicted criminal, neither on the ballot or even in the country but admittedly running his political party and those standing in for him as prime minister – is unelected and therefore a dictator.
Shinawatra’s ability to continue running the country remotely, and even contest elections despite being a convicted criminal evading a two year jail sentence, multiple arrest warrants, and a growing list of pending court cases is due not only to his impunity within Thailand, but impunity he has enjoyed as a result of significant and continuous support from Wall Street, London, and Brussels.
Ousted Government Was US-Backed Criminal Regime
Indeed, for over a decade, Thaksin Shinawatra has attempted to transform Thailand into a Western client state. An enumerated list of Shinawatra’s sovereignty-usurping concessions and crimes against the Thai people make it clear as to why the military along with Thailand’s other indigenous and independent institutions have been working systematically to diminish and uproot his political influence over Thailand:
In the late 1990’s, Thaksin Shinawatra was an adviser to notorious private equity firm, the Carlyle Group. He pledged to his foreign contacts that upon taking office, he would still serve as a “matchmaker” between the US equity fund and Thai businesses. It would represent the first of many compromising conflicts of interest that would undermine Thailand’s sovereign under his rule.
Thaksin was Thailand’s prime minister from 2001-2006. Has since dominated the various reincarnations of his political party – and still to this day runs the country by proxy, via his nepotist appointed sister, Yingluck Shinawatra.
In 2001 he privatized Thailand’s resources and infrastructure including the nation’s oil conglomerate PTT – much to Wall Street’s delight.
In 2003, he would commit Thai troops to the US invasion of Iraq, despite widespread protests from both the Thai military and the public. Thaksin would also allow the CIA to use Thailand for its abhorrent rendition program.
Also in 2003, he initiated what he called a “war on drugs.” Nearly 3,000 were extrajudicially murdered in the streets over the course of just 90 days. It would later turn out that more than half of those killed had nothing to even do with the drug trade. In this act alone, Thaksin earned himself the title as worst human rights offender in Thai history, and still he was far from finished.
In 2004, he oversaw the killing of 85 protesters in a single day during his mishandled, heavy-handed policy in the country’s troubled deep south. The atrocity is now referred to as the “Tak Bai incident.“