The road to hell is paved with ‘good intentions’
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The road to hell is paved with ‘good intentions’

Nikkei Review on July 24:

Thailand’s National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), the military junta which staged a putsch on May 22 to break a political deadlock hanging over from 2013, has plans for a raft of long-term economic and political reforms, according to Narongchai Akrasanee, a former commerce minister who has been appointed one of the military’s key economic advisers


Narongchai disputed this idea, and expressed confidence that the NCPO will be able to stay on track with its roadmap. He argued that the NCPO has “good intentions” and is focused on a broad range of underlying issues. By contrast, he noted, Thailand’s previous military coup in 2006 was primarily concerned with blocking former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra out of power.

BP: This is not the first time the term “good intentions” has been used. We saw it after the 2006 coup with coup leader Sondhi B saying the coup was staged with good intentions. This was not the first time arguments were made that a coup was staged with good intentions. If we return to Thai history and specifically the 1957 coup by Sarit. “Thailand: The Politics of Despotic Paternalism” by Thak Chaloemtiarana at 81-83:

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BP: Naïve people believed that the 1957 coup was to get rid of corrupt people and provide Thailand with full democracy. Naïve people believe the same thing this time. Each time coup leaders come in promising the same thing. Each time some people believe that somehow democracy can be installed from the top in an environment of martial law and with major restrictions on freedom of speech, and then miraculously at the end of it we will have a democracy….