The Internet is working very slowly at the hotel so I will dispense with quoting the headlines and comment directly on the bloodshed in Bangkok.
It is a very tragic situation. The Japanese cameraman for Reuter was killed among reportedly 20 other deaths since the peaceful protest spin out of control into violence.
Confusing reporting on who started it and who shot who and why and what and how did it get to this chaotic mess provide no accurate description for anyone to really say that: this was what actually happened! Suffice to say it is not unreasonable to assume that some interested parties who want to see bloodshed could have easily incited or provoked such happening!
Lessons for me are:
1. it is a Thai issue. This unending tussle between the 'elites' and the 'rural people's wishes' in Thailand can only be resolved by the Thai people. There are interested parties who are not going to really listen to reason until and until they can go back to the common ground of: we are Thai. The interest of Thailand must be 1st and let's find how our differences can be aligned somewhat into that unified Thai interest;
2. it will involve a totally new mindset and the incumbents are not going to make that change as all of them have too much interests at stake. None of them will be impartial as the conflict of interest is simply too acute. Hence, is there going to be a 3rd force to get the nation to move towards unification? Are the people interested in the nation's interest coming first?;
3. it is sad to learn of the Japanese professional cameraman's death though there were another, reportedly, 20 other deaths. In such a conflict, I wondered if ANY loss of life is worth it? I wonder if the instigators really care about these innocent deaths? May the truth be told when all the dust has settled. May Thailand goes back to law and order as soon as possible so the people can get on with their ordinary life again!