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November 26th, 2008

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01:45 pm - Difficult times in a more peaceful nation
Yesterday anti-government protesters in Thailand took over the Bangkok airport, I have only a vague grasp of Thai politics, so I can't say anything about this beyond that reducing corruption in the Thai government definitely sounds like an excellent idea. Instead, what struck me about this protest was how different it was from anything in recent US history. Protesters closed and occupied the airport, 11 people have been injured, and the occupation of the airport was described as "The airport raid, carried out Tuesday by men wielding metal rods who pushed past riot police officers", and yet no one is dead. If someone tried this in any major metropolitan airport in the US, you'd first get tear gas and soon after the cops would be replaced or augmented by the national guard and you'd have bullets flying and lots of dead bodies. In the US, the amount of violence on both sides of the law sickens me, and it's always hopeful to learn of less violent nations. I hope the Thais can keep the protests relatively peaceful.
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Date:November 26th, 2008 11:25 pm (UTC)
American culture is very violent. Even a so-called "gentle" person like me turns to violence (at least in thought) when it comes to dealing with people perceived to be evil.
Date:November 27th, 2008 02:16 am (UTC)
A group large enough to take over a major metropolitan airport in the US would probably be armed with firearms. At that point, yes, I think an armed response is appropriate.

But then, I'm American and I take a real dim view of people who think they're above the law, so what do I know?
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Date:November 27th, 2008 10:03 am (UTC)
Given the level of problems with governmental corrupting and Thailand, what they are doing seems fairly reasonable. Of course, a few years ago in the US, that level of (mostly) non-violent action wouldn't have seemed all that unreasonable. However, sadly in this gun focused society, both sides would be well armed and the outcome would be very clear and very bad.

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