Thaksin Shinawatra [image left] before taking office as Thailand’s prime minister in 2001, was a US-educated Carlyle Group adviser and considered a close personal friend of the Bush family. Upon taking office, he lent Thai troops to the illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq, gave US intelligence agencies access to Thai territory to conduct their abhorrent “rendition” program, and in 2004 attempted to ramrod through a US-Thai free trade agreement without parliamentary approval.
Besides pandering to foreign special interests, Shinawatra is guilty of a vast array of human rights violations. In 2003, he would have nearly 3,000 innocent people gunned down randomly in the streets as part of a poorly conceived, politically motivated “war on drugs.” In 2004 he would brutally put down a protest in which 85 were killed in a single day. According to Amnesty International, during his first term in office, 18 human rights defenders were either assassinated or disappeared.
Shinawatra’s consolidation and abuse of power was alarming. In 2006, Shinawatra was finally ousted from power. Despite fleeing the country to avoid a 2 year jail sentence, because of his wealth and foreign sponsors he was still able to wield considerable influence within Thailand. He would place into power his own brother-in-law, Somchai Wongsawat, and his sister, Yingluck Shinawatra in a demonstration of almost unimaginable third-world nepotism. Each in turn was likewise ousted from power by court decision and military coup respectively.
Since being ousted from power in 2006, Shinawatra has staged violence across the country, murdered well over 100 people through bombings, riots, mass arson, assassinations, and targeted killings.
Perhaps because of his seemingly limitless utility to Western special interests, to this day he and his political front have received full-spectrum support in the Western media, from various Western governments, and from an army of Washington and London lobbyists.
In Thailand, under the guise of defending “human rights,” US and European-funded NGOs and media platforms continuously attempt to target and undermine Thai institutions including the military and the monarchy – both of which have served as a defense against encroaching foreign interests seeking to divide and destroy the nation.
NYC Media Event
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During this media event, Shinawatra would take the opportunity to attack the Thai government – in fact – the media event was organized solely for this purpose. In other words, the US State Department and Wall Street hosted a mass murderer in an attempt to boost his legitimacy while giving him a platform to attack and diminish the legitimacy of the Thai government which ousted what is clearly a rampant, abusive, dangerous criminal from power.
Such events also remind the world of the nonexistent commitment the US has to impartially advocating human rights and holding accountable those who violate them. Here, the US is clearly, selectively choosing to excuse Shinawatra’s human rights track record and the methods he still employs to this day, in exchange for the utility he serves in regards to Western interests.
US Pressuring for Early Elections
The US hopes to pressure Thailand into organizing early elections to once again put Shinawatra’s family back into power either directly or by proxy, thus tipping off another round of violence, instability, and perhaps another opportunity to finally undermine and overthrow Thailand’s indigenous institutions that have – thus far – obstructed the West’s designs to co-opt and control the nation.
With Myanmar in the hands of Suu Kyi’s US-British backed political front and Thailand run by the Shinawatra family, Washington and Wall Street would have control over two large, geostrategically important nations upon which to build a larger united front against Beijing as well as a front to wield against other Southeast Asian states holding out against Western meddling.
Amid the West’s growing impotence in Asia Pacific versus Beijing, its game is becoming increasingly transparent and desperate. For the rest of Asia, the US hosting a convicted criminal, fugitive, in New York City, granting him a highly visible platform to attack and undermine the stability of a fellow Asian state, is impetus to work more closely together to diminish and excise Western influence from the region, and the toxic division and destruction it openly seeks to sow.
Tony Cartalucci is a Bangkok-based geopolitical researcher and writer, especially for the online magazine“New Eastern Outlook”.