Wednesday, December 03, 2008

PAD's classical conditioning

The Thai court finally acceded to People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) pressure & demonstrations by dissolving the Cabinet & banning the supposed Thaksin crony PM Somchai Wongsawat from politics for five years.

What does PAD have to say? Mr Sondhi Limthongkul only confirmed their victory & fulfillment of their aims. Chillingly, he warned that demonstrators would return to the streets if people they considered allies of Thaksin Shinawatra came to power.

In other words, PAD is saying,:
Give us government we are happy with or we will protest again. We brought our international airport to its knees & inconvenienced countless of innocent people (local & foreign) of their time & money, but you ain't seen nothing yet. We don't care if the government is elected lawfully or not.

And why not? In pandering to their demands, the Thai judiciary has effectively given carte blanche to all future demonstrators.

Indirectly, what they are saying through classical conditioning is:
If you protest long enough, hard enough, violently enough, you will get what you want. We will never use force to discipline you as we are afraid of you.

Mark my words: PAD will strike again, and many other like-minded power-hungry organisations, even Thaksin sympathisers, will be inspired to do likewise. Cue widespread anarchy, that perhaps even the great King may be powerless to arrest.

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