Monday, October 1, 2012

Mythical Men in Black

On September 17th 2012 the TRCT (Truth for Reconciliation Commission of Thailand) released their final report about the 2010 pro-democracy protests in Bangkok which resulted in the military crackdown and the deaths of 92 people, mostly unarmed civilians.

The TRCT was implemented on July 17th 2010 by the illegitimate government of then Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, who also ordered the military to kill the protesters.  Thus, the impartiality of the Commission immediately comes into question.  The members of the group were selected by Dr. Kanit Na Nakorn, the chairman of the Commission, who was asked by the government to form the TRCT.

Also, former Attorney General Dr. Kanit Na Nakorn’s ties to the Democrats are far too obvious to serve as an “independent” investigator into Abhisit’s and Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban’s role in the massacre.  

In the early 1990s, there was a land scandal in Phuket known as
 Sor Por Kor 4-01. Basically, a land reform program by the Democrats (administered by the Deputy Agricultural Minister Suthep Thaugsuban) was turned into free giveaway to rich Democrat party members.  Kanit's brother-in-law was one of the party faithful who allegedly received the land illegally. But Kanit made the “controversial” decision, over some strenuous objections from ex-judges and legal scholars, that there was not enough evidence of criminal intent to prosecute rich families for taking land meant for poor people.

A similar result occurred when the military junta from the 2006 coup picked Kanit to investigate who in authority could be held responsible for the killings in the infamous drug war.  Kanit concluded that there was not enough evidence to prosecute anyone.

So if there was a list of who could effectively whitewash the Democrats and the military then Kanit was at the top of it.  He certainly had the tools and the talent and the credentials.
This time, however, there was plenty of evidence in the 2010 massacre so Kanit and the TRCT had to manufacture a scapegoat.  Enter the mythical “Men in Black.” Not a group of lost Johnny Cash impersonators but according to Kanit and the TRCT, armed militants in the red shirt camp.

Of course, Kanit and the TRCT could present no evidence that they actually existed because they didn’t exist.  But that didn’t stop the imaginative speculation by Kanit and the TRCT. 

I just wonder where Kanit could have gotten this bizarre, lunatic inspired notion of armed men in black. 

Never mind, all becomes clear.

Just one more thing… How can anyone believe a fact finding commission headed by someone who resembles the nearsighted Mr. Magoo?