Day 9-Bangkok Shutdown Slowdown Showdown Jan 21
Bangkok Shutdown Slowdown Showdown Jan 21Like others reporting on what we see in Bangkok (eg., Washington Post, Michael Yon) this reporter strives for objectivity, honesty and -especially- a truthful representation of what's happening, in context.
Catching Thai-language TV reports every hour or so got me thinking that the Shin TV stations (Yingluck's family controls some bigtime communications media) COULD be operating like the Yellow Shirts, haranguing listeners hour after hour with 'truthful but damaging' stories critical of the Demonstrators and their leadership.
The TV stations, however, have stuck almost exclusively to broadcasting official statements of the duly-appointed government officials as various headlines merited publicizing. They have NOT shifted to an hour-after-hour report/analysis format designed to expose the fallacies in the demonstrators' arguments nor have the TV stations sought to whitewash the current government.
TV reporters don't seem to dwell on the brinksmanship being pressed by the Yellow Shirts' continued push to have Yingluck do to them what the Democrat government did to the Red Shirts in 2010.
In fact TVs and radios seem to be pretty much 'business as usual', so the appearance is one of 'normalcy' unless/until one approaches an 'occupied' intersection...
Neither Yingluck's government nor the Yellow's have dwelt much on the legitimacy of unconstitutional 'change of people' in the government by use of non-violent FORCE, but after all, government is about the use of FORCE and citizenry is about FREEDOM, so even as we stumble through Day 9 we can rest assured that the whole world of humankind is moving toward the standards adumbrated by Baha'u'llah, Who calls humanity to know:
O SON OF SPIRIT! The best beloved of all things in My sight is Justice; turn not away therefrom if thou desirest Me, and neglect it not that I may confide in thee. By its aid thou shalt see with thine own eyes and not through the eyes of others, and shalt know of thine own knowledge and not through the knowledge of thy neighbor. Ponder this in thy heart; how it behooveth thee to be. Verily justice is My gift to thee and the sign of My loving-kindness. Set it then before thine eyes.(The Glory of God; Hidden Words #2)See y'all tomorrow.