|Image: Weathering a siege requires not only strong walls, but the ability|
to outlast the enemy as well. This can only be done by building something
sustainable within the walls, and something worth defending.
A strong, independent, self-sufficient Thailand has always been troublesome to history's various empires, both within Asia, and as far as Western Europe. Thailand has fought long and hard, but also cleverly, to maintain a balance among its potential enemies and weather the temporary inroads the "empire of the day" makes within Thai territory and culture, until that empire passes on - leaving Thailand to remain.
Desperately Distasteful Propaganda
VICE recently published an article by Andrew Marshall - a paid-propagandist who was previously an unreadable writer and senior staff member of Reuters - talking about an HBO comedian and his crass, disrespectful, but rather obscure comments about Thailand, its political crisis, and its royal family - a topic most Americans and Europeans are wholly ignorant of, have no opinion on, and frankly don't care about.
Such an obscure article that no one without a deep knowledge of Thailand would even get, let alone read, is rather suspicious. Those that do read it will recognize the deceit and overt attempts to undermine the forces that just ousted Western-backed dictator, billionaire Thaksin Shinawatra and his political machine.
VICE exposes itself as a "rag-for-rent," while HBO reveals its role in programming Western public opinion where otherwise it would never have formed on its own. Most Americans literally couldn't even find Thailand on a map, and if they tried they'd end up pointing at Taiwan.
Empire has chosen once again to make inroads in Thailand, socially, politically, culturally, and economically. With Thaksin Shinawatra, it aimed at undermining and transforming the sociopolitical walls that have protected the nation for centuries from the inside. They have failed. Now their sociopolitical assault has taken the form of siege warfare - surrounding and battering the Kingdom with every weapon it can find - from discredited former Reuters staff, to magazines like VICE, to editorials and spun news items in mainstream sources like the Daily Mail, CNN and the BBC.