Why should I care whats happening in Thailand?

#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.
 

the_boy_syrup

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#3
Because all that burning bamboo is causing an Ash cloud and spoiling everyones holidays?
 
#5
Maybe you'll need to know when it's safe to book some discount Gender appearance altering surgery?
 
#7
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.
 
#8
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
 
#9
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. :(
 
#10
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).
 
#12
ouyin said:
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).
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.
 
#14
You mean this is a quarrel in a far-away country between people of whom we know nothing?
 
#15
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?
 
#16
angular said:
ouyin said:
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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.
When the Colonels held power in Greece it was a pretty unpleasant time. I have a feeling that you could be right in what you say.
The extreme Left still has a measure of support in Greece so things could get interesting
 
#17
EX_STAB said:
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.
I think its due to the vast amount of Brits who both go their and live thier, as for being insignificant I think you should research a topic before you make a stupid post, if your a women I can understand your jealous post, if your a man you have obviously never been their!

Too sum it up what Im saying is you need to get out more.
 
#18
ouyin said:
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).
The effects are confined to frankly a tiny area of Bangkok.

Also, although a lot of the red shirts are just protestors, I thought it was incredibly brave of their militia to hide amongst them with rifles and shoot at the Thai forces!

Bangkok is one of the most vibrant cities in the world. Having lived there for 2 years I can say it is also a nice city, the people are nice and it is much more European (shopping malls, cinemas, bars, pubs, clubs, theatres) than a lot of Asian capitals.

So the news is focused on it because it has suddenly descended into an armed siege. Ostensibly it is between the rural Red shirts and the middle class Yellow shirts. We've suddenly seen trained, disciplined soldiers (not unlike our own) shooting into crowds with live rounds, at their governments insistence.

However the redshirts support Thaksin, a billionaire & perhaps the most bent & corrup PM Thailand has had (and they have had a lot). So for the BBC etc. to describe it as an uprising by downtrodden rural villagers against their oppressors is frankly a bit too vague. All is not as it seems. Especially when you see redshirts packing M16s and the like skulking amongst the protestors.
 

Goatman

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#19
Mr_Wong said:
I think its due to the vast amount of Brits who both go there and live there
Er...fifty thousand British ex-pats apparentely...including wifey's nephew - and of course Jon Willy up in Chiang Mai :)


And, yes, I'd rather hear a bit about stuff going down in the Far East than more hogwash about some disfunctional wannabe paid for by Simon Cowell or Max Clifford ......just me then ?
 
#20
I believe that members of HM armed forces should be well aware about main current event in World politics. Also there are some practical aspects

There is a so called "Golden triangle" located partially in Thailand. Political tirbulence in the country could turn Thailand in a big source of drugs as Afghanistan.

No one can exclude a possibility of military peacemaking operation in Thailand. And thus there exists a non zero probability that those who don't interesting in Thailand matters would have to go there absolutely uninformed.
 
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