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by Tony Cartalucci | Land Destroyer
US coddles fugitive mass-murdering Thai dictator while berating Syria in its desperate fight against Al Qaeda.
Starting in February 2003, and over the course of 3 months, some 2,800 people (approximately 30 a day) would be extra-judicially murdered in the cities and countrysides of Southeast Asia’s Thailand.
Accused of being “drug dealers,” they were systematically exterminated based on “hit lists” compiled by police given carte blanche by then Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra (a former police bureaucrat himself). It would later be determined by official investigations that over half of those killed had nothing to do with the drug trade in any way. Human Rights Watch (HRW) would confirm this in their 2008 report titled, “Thailand’s ‘war on drugs’,” a follow up to the much more extensive 2004 report, “Not Enough Graves.”
Image: “The Thai Gov’ts War on Drugs: Dead Wrong. Stop the Murder of Thai Drug Users.” During Thaksin Shinwatra’s 2003 “War on Drugs” it wasn’t only drug users who were brutually, extra-judicially murdered in the streets, but over 50% of the 2,800 killed during the course of 3 months, were completely innocent, involved in no way with either drug use or trade. Thaksin Shinwatra, with the blood of 2,800 people on his hands, is now traveling freely throughout the United States with a US visa in hand.
In essence a vast, nationwide campaign of mass murder was carried out, and to this day the man responsible, Thaksin Shinawatra, has never been charged by either Thai officials or international bodies.
However, in 2006, after systematically dismantling Thailand’s checks and balances, becoming increasingly despotic toward civil liberties (other massacres would unfold) and cracking down on an increasingly critical press, Thaksin’s autocratic reign was ended by a peaceful military coup that would ultimately force him to flee the country. He sought and received sanctuary first in the United Kingdom, and now primarily resides ensconced in the luxury of Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates.
Image: Vulgar display of power. The Libyan government’s biggest mistake in 2011 was not fighting foreign-armed terrorists overrunning their country, but was not submitting to the will and hegemony of Wall Street and London. Thaksin Shinawatra, however has – and for his fealty, despite having killed 2,800 people extra-legally while Thai PM, he was allowed to seek sanctuary in the UK, and even buy a football club. Here he hoists a Manchester City jersey with his name printed on it in a packed British stadium.
Astonishingly, this despotic mass murderer was not only harbored by the United Kingdom, but in 2007 was allowed to “buyout” a British football club, Manchester City. While the BBC reported at the time that there were concerns Thaksin’s source of funding might not be legitimate, as he was then under investigation for a myriad of corruption charges, the deal was allowed to proceed – no mention of the 2,800 extra-judicially murdered under his regime was ever made.
In 2008, Thaksin would be convicted and sentenced to 2 years in prison for those corruption charges. Thaksin fled Thailand before the ruling, thus becoming – in addition to a mass murderer – a wanted fugitive. While several proxy-governments have attempted to secure a full pardon/amenesy for Thaksin’s sentence, one led by his brother-in-law, another, currently, led by his own sister, he has remained abroad a fugitive.
Highlighting Obscene Hypocrisy
With the United States having already conducted a military intervention against Libya on the basis of “responsibility to protect,” and with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton publicly contemplating a repeat intervention in Syria, the last place one would expect to find a wanted criminal, guilty of mass-murdering 2,800 innocent civilians, would be the United States.
However, that is exactly where Thaksin Shinawatra is right now, last spotted in California, near Los Angeles where 2,000 Thais gathered to protest an event he planned to speak at, attended by members of his personality cult, the “red shirts.” Shamefully, 2,000 Thais had to do what the US State Department should have done – turned back a despotic mass-murdering tyrant.
Image: This week, Thaksin Shinawatra attempted to speak before members of his own personality cult, the “red shirts” in Los Angeles, but was picketed by protesters hoisting placards reading, “Criminal, Dictator, Murderer, Traitor, Thaksin,” and “Thugsin, A Convicted Fugitive.” While the US rails against Syria and its alleged “human rights abuses,” one must wonder where US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s conscience (or official responsibility) was when allowing a fugitive and mass murderer into the United States.
Unlike Syria, in Thailand under the Thaksin regime, roving bands of foreign terrorists were not gunning down police and military, raiding cities, towns, and villages, and ravaging the country’s infrastructure. The people he had executed in the streets in 2003 were not even protesters, peaceful or otherwise. They were regular people going about their daily lives, unarmed, unprepared, many unaware of what hit them.
Image: Profound hypocrisy: Syria is fighting heavily armed foreign-terrorists committing egregious, widespread atrocities under the banner of Al Qaeda. In 2003, Thaksin Shinawatra mass murdered extra-judicially 2,800 innocent, unarmed people over the course of 90 days, approximately 30 people a day, in what he called a “War on Drugs.” Syria, fighting dearly against the West’s alleged foe of Al Qaeda faces sanctions and military attack by the US, while Thaksin Shinawatra is freely roaming the US after being granted entry to rehabilitate his “political image.”
2,800 human beings are dead because of Thaksin Shinwatra’s “War on Drugs” and the reason HRW published their summary of the 2003 events, again in 2008, was because Thaksin’s proxy government, then led by his brother-in-law, was planning to tip off another campaign of unmitigated mass murder. HRW reported:
In recent weeks, the government of Thailand has publicly threatened the resumption of killings. On 20 February , Interior Minister, Chalerm Yubamrung, told parliament that
“… For drug dealers if they do not want to die, they had better quit staying on that road… drugs suppression in my time as Interior Minister will follow the approach of [former Prime Minister] Thaksin. If that will lead to 3,000-4,000 deaths of those who break the law, then so be it. That has to be done … For those of you from the opposition party, I will say you care more about human rights than drug problems in Thailand.”
Since this statement by the Interior Minister, Human Rights Watch is aware of at least four killings of alleged drug traffickers across Thailand – two in Chiang Mai, one in Kalasin, and one in Krabi.
Readers should note that then Interior Minister Chalerm Yubamrung is now Deputy Prime Minister of Thaksin Shinwatra’s sister’s government, and just recently promoted his son – accused cop-killer Duang Yubamrung - to “platoon leader of a military police company.” Rampant “banana republic” nepotism is a prevalent feature of Thaksin’s political party – disbanded and renamed several times due to persistent voter fraud.
While the United States attempts to sanction the dirt out from under the feet of Syrians and Iranians for “crimes against humanity” while they battle admittedly foreign-terrorists armed and funded by the US, Gulf States, NATO, and others, the US has granted a visa to a convicted criminal, a fugitive, a mass murderer, and a man presiding over a political machine that is to this day rife with nepotism, murder, intimidation, and sweeping corruption. Why the Double Standard?
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