The following is by David, an Australian-who wrote the following letter to the Australian Foreign Ministry:
Being a pacifist, leftist labour voter more or less from birth I have always seen Alex Downer as a twerp.
However RN Englands comment is quite encouraging, perhaps Aus parliament MPs do have democratic principles and Alex is reflecting these. Stephen Smith as the FM has a “broader picture” to consider.
I assume the “broader picture” is the US alliance, particularly the military and intelligence (spooks) alliance.
The US military and spooks have deep links into Thailand, from Vietnam, Laos and Cambodian War days (ooopppss was there a Laos War and who supported the Khmer Rouge?) and now secret renditions for the valuable political tool called the War on Terror admitted in the US but still denied in Thailand.
So Stephen Smith no doubt has been advised by his Canberra desk spooks to support the Thai military and their puppet government, and like a good little intelligence community servant has done their bidding.
I wonder if Stephen has an opportunity to realise that the ideals of democracy are actually an even bigger picture than the evil machinations of the military forces of the world and Barack Obama might value Stephens support in loosening the US military grip on Thailand and other similar situations in so many other countries.
I just note for the record that the best way to forecast future “trouble spots” is to identify where the US is interfering now (blowback). So, Australia beware!