Why should I care whats happening in Thailand?

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  1. As news of unrest in Thailand seems to be dominating the headlines, is there something I'm missing?

    As far as I am aware, Thailand has no particular strategic significance, no particular economic significance and is mainly known as a nation that makes a living from prostitution and manufacturing ladyboys - for prostitution.

    Unless you've bought a wife from there, or are living there to escape the police, why would you care what's going on? Seems to be getting coverage way out of proportion to its importance.
  2. the_boy_syrup

    the_boy_syrup LE Book Reviewer

    Because all that burning bamboo is causing an Ash cloud and spoiling everyones holidays?
  3. Ditto...............this could get a tat boring!
  4. Maybe you'll need to know when it's safe to book some discount Gender appearance altering surgery?
  5. nothing else happening, it seems
  6. Because in a few weeks there could be asylum seekers coming our way?
    Although I dont think so as they already know the easiest way into the UK.
  7. One of the reasons we are told we are in Afghan for is to help set up a democracy in the country, as we tried to do in Iraq (not counting the hole WMD theories). We kicked Sadam out as he was a dictator to impose an elected government as we have in many other countries throughout history.

    The Red shirts in Thailand want the same thing, they are protesting to have a vote on who should be in parliament as they believe that there government is not legitimate.

    Why should we care about one country's rights and not others? Is it not the same thing?

    Just a thought mind :D
  8. It's so Int types can play "spot the tank", wonder at the variety of small arms carried by the Thai army, and so that us old 'uns can grin at APCs tracking over barricades?

    Or, possibly, the Beeb coming over all Socialist at ruthless Royal forces crushing the peasantry?

    At least it's better than 5 minutes of "national and international news" being blown on some fecking talent show wannabee. :(
  9. Put simply: Because Thailand was a stable, prospering, developing country that has suddenly collapsed into self-destruction (although the effects are mainly confined to Bangkok).

    People expect this kind of stuff to go on in Africa and the middle east, not their idylic, peaceful holiday destinations, so it's all come as a bit of a shock. The fact the main protest is located in an area that could be the main shopping district anywhere in the 1st world promotes this feeling of shock.

    Do not underestimate the fact it's also very easy for the media to get there and neither side are particularly hostile to outsiders, only each other (apart from a small faction which seems to be targeting jounos).
  10. It must be getting right up your gary glitter.
  11. Are you talking about Greece?? Swap Greece and Athens for Thailand and Bangkok, and suddenly we're looking 6 months into the future rather than a week into the past.
  12. The end is nigh
  13. You mean this is a quarrel in a far-away country between people of whom we know nothing?
  14. Thailand is a major - and I mean major - exporter of food to throughout east Asia. Its political direction will have far-reaching consequences in the region and therefore the world.

    And don't underestimate the appeal of ladyboys to fat, middle-aged journos the world over. If you had the choice of reporting revolution in Bangkok or David Cameron visiting Rhyll which would you choose?