Wednesday, September 20, 2006


One Night In Bangkok

Quote of the Day from General Sondhi Boonyaratglin of Thailand:

"I am the one who decided to stage the coup. No one supported me."

Really. According to Webster's a coup is a sudden and decisive action in politics, esp. one resulting in a change of government illegally or by force. Hard to imagine this happening with no support.

What Sondhi didn't say is that he is a Muslim in a Buddhist-dominated country and is known to be close to Thailand's revered monarch - King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

The coup, the country's first in 15 years, was launched late Tuesday while Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra was in New York ahead of a scheduled address this week at the United Nations and is the country's 18th in their history.

What Sondhi was trying to say was that the King didn't ask him to do it. The King was known to dislike Thaksin; Sondhi was responding directly to a question from a foreign reporter who was asking about the King's role in the coup.
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