'Dear Barack ...', Noppadon's version

Not to be outdone by protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban's letter to Barack Obama, the lawyer for fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra has sent his own letter to the US president to make a case for democracy.

"I wish to put the record straight that the government led by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has been democratically elected by the Thai people and gained the majority in the House of Parliament in accordance with the democratic system," wrote Noppadon Pattama.

Mr Noppadon, also a former foreign minister, was moved to write to Barack Obama after Mr Suthep penned his own defence of the People's Democratic Reform Movement (PDRC) for the US president's benefit. Mr Suthep claimed Mr Obama was getting misinformation about Thai politics from some western media.

Mr Noppadon said Mr Suthep was not being entirely straight about his group's political goals when he called for reform.

"The reform is just a justification for the PDRC to acquire power to govern Thailand without going through an election," he said, adding that the PDRC was violating the rights of voters.

"While democracy and the Constitution are fundamental guarantees of rights and freedoms of American citizens, they also are for Thai citizens," his letter stated.

Mr Suthep has said the PDRC would boycott the election on Feb 2 but stressed that it did not oppose a poll. An election can be held after reforms are completed, he added.

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Discussion 1 : 26/01/2014 at 12:46 PM
They must teach a different way in Bangkok, they seem to think democracy only applies if your team wins, the Dems were smashed at the last election because the people of Thailand not just the Bangkok residents got to have a vote. Thaksin has been gone a long time yet these people are still scared. yes the people are tired of corruption, that is why the last election went the way it did
Discussion 2 : 26/01/2014 at 12:42 PM
Allseeing, perhaps your memory is fading a bit. Thaksin was the elected leader and was overthrown in an illegal coup in 206. His sister was able to be elected to office after the failed governments of the democrats. Now that she is the elected PM, she can seek and obtain advice from whoever she wishes, even her brother. The fact is, if Thaksin had not been overthrown in the illegal coup, all of the political strife that has occurred since would not have happened.
Discussion 3 : 26/01/2014 at 12:25 PM
Hey, they have yellow shirts, so we're going to do red shirts. Hey, they have hand clappers, so let's use foot clappers. Hey, they're protesting, so let us do a counter protest. Hey, they have whistles, so let's use bells. Hey, they have Guy Fawkes masks, so let's get red versions of it. Hey, they wrote a letter to Obama, let's write him a letter too! Pathetic!
Discussion 4 : 26/01/2014 at 11:51 AM
Is this the Land of Thailand or the Land of Thaksin...? He has been gone for many years., move on, get past it, get over it
Discussion 5 : 26/01/2014 at 11:25 AM
Thailand has had 18 constitutions since 1932.
Discussion 6 : 26/01/2014 at 11:24 AM
I am still kind of fuzzy how democracy can claim to be in existence when an unelected fugitive plays god-father and, through his proxies, runs the country.
Discussion 7 : 26/01/2014 at 10:50 AM
@amerman quite often people commenting tend to twist the facts, the 2007 Constitution was written by a group of drafters appointed by the army-led Council for National Security, it was not actually written by the military and was then passed by a referendum of the people.
Discussion 8 : 26/01/2014 at 09:53 AM
No matter how respectable, impartial or well-wishing UN purports to be, the organization has no place in any country's internal politics, unless on humanitarian ground in cases where human rights, dignity and well being are at stake. UN at times mediate international conflicts or threats, but amid the present political turmoil in Thailand, no one owes UN an explanation, period.
Discussion 9 : 26/01/2014 at 09:16 AM
n most Western democracies is not a special court that decides whether something is constitutional. In most constitutions stands that a 2/3 majority is sufficient. If a party is below 67%, they will have to cooperate with other parties. If a parliament can not change the constitution, you should go back to first constitution. @Joerg The peacefull period in Germany is more thanks the EU. They got the Nobelprice for peace.
Discussion 10 : 26/01/2014 at 07:20 AM
Orangina, I think the Thai people would except a constitution that was written by the military of Thailand before they would except a constitution written by any political party in Thailand.
Discussion 11 : 26/01/2014 at 07:15 AM
"I am against with corruption" or "vote is only one principle of democracy" doesn't justify to put in place a no negotiable self appointed not elected people's council to govern time to wipe out opponent. It is clearly out of ANY principle democratic principles and despotic so called "reforms". So, tell protestors to come back to talk with acceptable and democratic demands and then everybody will be able to discuss about "principle of democracy", "reforms", "corruption" (Mr Suthep will help a lot about this last point as he has a good experience) and so on..
Discussion 12 : 26/01/2014 at 07:07 AM
Nobody is out to destroy democracy - they are fed up with corruption and greed says Cleansing. While many are fed up with all the things you listed, it is very clear that Suthep wants to destroy democracy in favor of a process that will support his agenda. If people are truly fed up, then they need to elect officials that will fight corruption. That is how a democracy works.
Discussion 13 : 26/01/2014 at 06:35 AM
"Their action" - Yes: we have plenty to for YS gov.: the huge corruption in her "confidential" rice scheme. Her attempt to white wash her brother actions on corruption, civil disorders. much more. Doesn't the UN already know about some of Thaksin's actions. For example, during his time in the office: the war on drugs: extrajudicial killings; kidnapping of a lawyer (still unsolved and recently the paper works has been missing from the department), many more.. Amazing isn't it, that we have these people running our country.
Discussion 14 : 26/01/2014 at 06:07 AM
"I am from election" does not justify blatant corruption, cronyism, nepotism and stepping on the rights of the people. Knock off this lame tune. Nobody is out to destroy democracy - they are fed up with corruption and greed.
Discussion 15 : 26/01/2014 at 05:55 AM
I am sure that if they get power they will try to hold onto it because when you are in charge it is better then being told what to do,that is human nature.
Discussion 16 : 26/01/2014 at 05:19 AM
"I wish to put the record straight that the government led by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has been democratically elected by the Thai people and gained the majority in the House of Parliament in accordance with the democratic system" Is that the best he can do? Infer that, therefore, the protests must by definition be anti-democratic? He can't rise above the fact that Thais are actually aiming for a far better democracy than just 'Democracy As Brought To You By Thaksin Shinawatra'.
Discussion 17 : 26/01/2014 at 05:14 AM
I think both sides should explain their action directly to the UN, instead of only the USA.
Discussion 18 : 26/01/2014 at 05:04 AM
How embarrassing is TS and his brilliant lawyer? Does TS not even imagine the CIA , the Mossad and MI5 have had him on their watch lists for years that they are with him in dubai monitoring his every move.
Discussion 19 : 26/01/2014 at 04:56 AM
The letters are not necessary. Educated Western leaders are well aware of who is who in Thailand and what they represent.
Discussion 20 : 26/01/2014 at 04:31 AM
Yes, I think he know. And not only he know it. Offcourse other countries know it too, like Germany. And be sure we are not agree with doing of this gov. But one of our principels is not to interfere in internal affairs of other countries. And as a German I must say, every nation must find its way. And we can't tell other nations, how to do. We can only invite to look in our country and see succesfully democracy. - In over 1000 years of German history we have now the longest peacefull period under this system (70 years).
Discussion 21 : 26/01/2014 at 03:07 AM
Yes, they tried to change a constitution which was written under a military junta. They went through the process, and it failed. I'm not sure that Obama would have a problem with that.
Discussion 22 : 26/01/2014 at 02:06 AM
I'm sure President Obama is fully aware of the events taking place in Thailand. So he is probably not holding either of the letters in his hand trying to decide who is telling the whole truth. If the NSA is sniffing the flatulence of most places on the earth, they don't need tattletale notes to the principle. It's even funnier since the PTP and YL were not concerned about global opinion when they dismissed the outside world at the reform summit..
Discussion 23 : 26/01/2014 at 01:09 AM
Most countries with their own embassies and consulates in Thailand, have their own sets of experts viewing Thailand from above, beyond and many perspectives. Letters from the two chief political foes not only do little to impact the world opinion, but will further impair the credibility of the parties involved.
Discussion 24 : 26/01/2014 at 12:53 AM
Does Obama know that the YS government was trying the change the fundamental (the Constitution) that Noppadon was talking about?
Discussion 25 : 26/01/2014 at 12:45 AM
Barak is not Mr. T's father.
Discussion 26 : 26/01/2014 at 12:40 AM
Yes, and Mr Noppadon forgot to mention that the PTP was primarily "democratically elected" based on the rice-pledging scheme which can be called buying votes in a very massive way, by western standards anyway, and thus stealing the money of tax payers and money which was at the disposal of the state and of the nation of Thailand and which is not anymore now. The PTP and the government led by the little sister of that greedy old man were and are plundering Thailand systematically and are undermining all moral standards which had been the virtues of Buddhists because that clan is a clan of non-believers.
Discussion 27 : 26/01/2014 at 12:24 AM
Mr. Aekarach Sattaburuth, Great Author! On both side of Mr. Suthep Thaugsuban and the Mr. former PM's Thaksin Shinawatra. 100% correct, Mr.Noppadon.
Discussion 28 : 26/01/2014 at 12:22 AM
Mr Noppadon was moved to write to Barack Obama after Mr Suthep penned his own defence of the PDRC. Absolute codswallop, TS would have called because he is always desperate to get approval from a "senior" ,
Discussion 29 : 26/01/2014 at 12:15 AM
Noppadorn's mention of respecting the Constitution is a laugh. His government and his god (Thaksin) never had any respect for the Constitution Court or the rule of law. No mention of the autocratic kleptocracy that Suthep is battling -- howver democratically elected said kleptocracy was.
Discussion 30 : 25/01/2014 at 11:59 PM
"Mr Suthep has said...." Yes, Mr. Suthep has said a lot of things, unsavory and anti-democratic things and things that he and his protestors would not do that have turned out opposite and false. Things that I am sure President Obama would judge an impossible burden for Mr. Suthep and his cause to overcome to qualify to a world leader as a credible voice for Thailand, a leader with inspiring ideas or a protector of the basic tenets of a democracy.
Discussion 31 : 25/01/2014 at 11:48 PM
Oh Mr Noppadon don't need to send this letter to President Obama, if he created it with Mr. Thaksin, than President Obama got not only letter, he got 'making of' too - Thanks NSA ;-)

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