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BANGKOK 20 March 2019 10:28
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Army chief tells media to listen to “Nak Paendin” ultra-nationalist song

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18 minutes ago, Khun Paul said:

The sad reality is that Thailand gets governed by people whose only claim is that they control thousands of people who will do what they are told when they are told. Forgetting that is these very people plus the rest of the population that provide the means for them to strut about .

If the army IS reduced my any amount , the Chief will not suffer a salary loss ( he is not paid per capita ) just that the expensive and in my view completely unnecessary toys may not be brought , they have enough wasteful enterprises and if they enter politics the Army personnel should lose their Military salaries . A man or woman cannot have TWO bosses and WORK efficiently. But as this is Thailand WORK  is an oxymoron

He may not get a direct salary loss but without the budget to buy the toys he's very likely to get an indirect one!

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2 hours ago, yellowboat said:

Did not know Thailand was at war.  Other than just a lot gum flapping, I would say nothing good is happening in the country.  Its moribund state remains as it has since military rule. 

Other than border skirmishes and insurgents, Thailand has not fought any major war for 600+ years (except a 5 hour token gesture during the Japanese invasion in 1941) also I do not think any other country would actually want Thailand. Certainly it does not justify the outrageous spending by the military, 227 billion baht for 2019, 3 submarines ordered, 1 aircraft carrier in mothballs (no aircraft capable of T/O or landings) just to mention a few billion in wasted revenue. I have been here for 29 years (1990) and seen 3 coup d'etat in that time, not one of them have come close to this regimes overspending. No wonder they are muting farangs must have and leave their 800,000 baht in a Thai Bank for the whole year of the retirement extension.

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14 hours ago, Orton Rd said:

Thais fought in the Korean and Vietnam wars

This bloke is not old enough for either.

His medals are for being first in the NAAFI queue!

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11 hours ago, poohy said:

Sounds like nasty piece of work, and running a even nastier bunch !

Its going to end in tears!

My money is on him as the catalyst which kicks it off.

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I seem to remember I think it was after Thaksin was deposed that there were more generals in the Thai army than in the US army. The army in Thailand is nothing more than a glorified masonic lodge. Theres probably a masonic wai as well.

 

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This odious individual keeps "popping up" lately and probably with good reason. He is close friends with the previous coup leader and now self appointed Prime Minister Prayut who trying to legitimize himself by holding a rigged election. 

The repetitive appearances of this General is more likely a not too subtle warning that if the correct result is not achieved he will initiate another coup to make sure his old mate remains top banana.

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1 hour ago, Pilotman said:

I'm told by another TV member that there was a few, didn't know that and never read it before. I will stand corrected if true. 

 

"By all accounts, the Thai troops fought well. From their base at Bear Cat Camp in Bien Hoa Province, they clashed with the Viet Cong in medium and small engagements along the vital National Route 15 linking the port of Vung Tau to areas surrounding Saigon. "

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/07/opinion/thailand-vietnam-war.html

 

 

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8 hours ago, webfact said:

Making critics enemies of the state dangerous, say analysts, as politicians told to listen to ultra-rightist song.

 

8 hours ago, webfact said:

The song, titled “Nak Phaendin”, means “burden to the country” and says one who is “worthless” or an “enemy of the nation” should be eliminated.

 

8 hours ago, webfact said:

The song was composed in 1975 by an Army officer and was part of the grand propaganda used against the communist movement in Thailand.

 

8 hours ago, webfact said:

The song features lyrics that condemn any act of treason, including ungratefulness to the monarchy, instigating conflict among Thais and treachery.

 

8 hours ago, webfact said:

In the notorious student massacre on October 6, 1976 at Thammasat University, “Nak Phaendin” was frequently played to justify the crackdown as well as to boost the courage of right-wingers who had engaged in elimination of the alleged threat.

Nothing needs to be further said on the recent history of this wonderful country and the damage that the Men in Green have done.

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2 hours ago, Pilotman said:

I'm told by another TV member that there was a few, didn't know that and never read it before. I will stand corrected if true. 

An old uncle of the wife said said to me years ago he was a Panther in South Vietnam with Americans. I never really gave it much thought until today and checked online Wikipedia. Sadly the old guy passed away a couple of years ago now. 

In October 1967 the Royal Thai Volunteer Regiment (Queen's Cobras) was sent to Camp Bearcat at Bien Hoa, to fight alongside the Americans, Australians, New Zealanders and South Vietnamese. In 1968 the Cobras were replaced by the Royal Thai Army Expeditionary Division ("Black Panthers").[3] About 40,000 Thai military would serve in South Vietnam, with 351 killed in action and 1,358 wounded.[2][4][5] The last Thai ground forces were withdrawn from South Vietnam on 5 February, 1972

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So while the Thai GDP posts a growth rate between 3% and 4% (if you believe the figures) the army has had an annual increase in budget of almost 5% and it is not enough for him.

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2 hours ago, Srikcir said:

Which of these are accountable to the Thai people's sovereignty granted by the Constitution?

  • General Prayut as Chief of the NCPO and PM.
  • General Prawit as Minister of Defense.
  • Article 44 of the military's Interim Charter grants absolute power to the junta.
  • Article 48 of the military's Interim Charter grants amnesty for all acts committed by military coup.
  • Thai taxpayer funds distributed by a junta-appointed National Legislative Assembly.
  • Military State of Emergency in the southern Muslim provinces that overrides human rights.

See a pattern?

But, but... Thaksin.

 

Dupes. 

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13 hours ago, bill1369 said:

Actually, Thais did participate with the US in Vietnam fighting. See: In Buddha's Company, Thai Soldiers in the Vietnam War by Richard Ruth.

 

And not only Vietnam. There were probably 20,000 or more Thai soldiers in Laos serving alongside AAM and the Hmong. 

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