Politics: Nation’s Pravit hits a “Home Run Interview” Thai Army man calls it as he sees it

Yoon (above) heads up Thailand worse media group, the nation, but able to produce a few rare gems like Pravit

Blog Note: Pravit, a journalist at that awful newspaper the Nation, is like a gem that exists among the Nation’s crap. Thai Intel is really a big fan of Pravit and have followed her career from the start. Pravit writings gets to the heart of the matter-with a great deal of heart pounding passion.

  • The following is from the Nation:
Published on October 17, 2010

Army Colonel Teeranan Nandhakwang, deputy director of the Strategic Studies and Research Division, is one of the rare vocal soldiers who speak, ‘tweet’ and blog about the role of the military in politics and Thai society. The Nation’s Pravit Rojanaphruk talks to Teeranan about the military, politics and society. Excerpts:

First, because there’re still no peace and order. There exists a belief which is a remnant from the past [that a coup is the solution]. The previous coup moved the armed forces too close to politics, to the point that it was seen as a mechanism of politicians instead of a mechanism of the government.Why do you fear that there might soon be yet another military coup?

Nobody wants to see it happen again but it can’t be ruled out. Today, it has become difficult for the Army to withdraw itself.

If another coup takes place, will Thailand increasingly resemble Burma?

Many feel that way but it won’t be like that because when changes took place in Burma [in 1988] communications technologies were not efficient. There may be an attempt to take [Thailand] to that point but it won’t be easy. Some contend that the current situation – with the continued imposition of the emergency decree in Bangkok, the continued existence of the Centre for the Resolution of the Emergency Situation (CRES) and suppression of red-shirt media – is tantamount to a silent coup being staged already.

I have told many people that the continued imposition of special [security] laws is not good for Thailand. But in this transitional period, those involved in the operations still believe it to be necessary.

As a “democratically-minded” army officer, what should be the ideal role for the Thai military?

In the short-term, it’s to carry the country through the conflicts. In the long term, I would like to see professional soldiers protecting the country [from external threat].

Why does there seem to be no end to military meddling in Thai politics?

It’s the Thai context of things. We evolve from there and it has become a continued tradition. The Army tried to become a professional force though. The May 1992 [uprising] saw a clash between the military and democratic forces and led to the military being stationed a very good distance [in relation to other institutions], until the 19 September [2006] coup that is.

Do you think the military should be responsible for the 91 deaths which occurred between April and May this year?

Whenever the military are ordered [to deal with street protesters] we automatically become the accused in the eyes of society. Soldiers are trained to use force and whenever force is used it easily leads to loss of lives. All this must be the responsibility of the people who gave the orders.

Why do many people in Thai society still expect or depend on the Army to solve political problems?

We must blame Thai society, for people often yearn for a knight on a white horse and chose to solve problems by whatever means without considering the repercussions.

Does the Army need to have so many radio stations plus television stations under its control?

The birth of Army TV stations took place during the [cold war] conflicts and Field Marshal Sarit [Thanarat] initiated it. The future, however, ought to be about television as privately owned stations plus public television and local stations. Though we have [televisions and radios] if they are not utilised effectively it’s as if we do not have them.

Why is there no military coup in the US?

The US constitution was a result of war and participation. Civil war gave a crucial context to US armed forces. The way forces are mobilised and operate differs. If it is centred at one spot it creates absolute power. In Thailand, all operational command is up to the commander of the forces.

Why do you dare to criticise the Army? Are you not afraid of punishment?

I love the Army and my profession. And my views [about the military] are honest and academic.

What about what army girls have to say?

And actually, all Thai Intel really wants to know is what the army girls are thinking-cause they are so so so hot!

Do you not wonder what these military gals are thinking?

These two soldiers might be thinking: We are a tight lesbian couple but there is always room for a strong cute guy
This soldier might be thinking: I am so happy now, I can give this guy a blow-job
This soldier might be thinking: I am up for the challenge-lets see who can rip the other uniform off first
These two soldiers might be thinking: It is so fucking cold on this ship-we need some serious sexual activity to warm up
This soldier might be thinking: My ass can really make an air born soldier “born to be alive”
This soldier might be thinking: I really want to capture an enemy so I can sexually torture him
This soldier might be thinking: Only if my orgasm works like a machine gun so I can have multiple orgasm
This soldier might be thinking: I am blond, blue eyes and have a hard body-I wonder if Hawaiian Tropic will take me in their bikini contest
This soldier might be thinking: My uniform is prettier than Channel latest fashion but, oops, I am supposed to look in command not beautiful
This soldier might be thinking: I can be a better killer if I am not so submissive sexually
These soldiers might be thinking: The military is the best place to get training for the Miss Universe Contest
These soldiers might be thinking: With all these ass all over the place-when will having orgy in the military be permitted
This soldier might be thinking: It is a dangerous world out there without camouflage so lets do body paint on some sensitive parts
These soldiers might be thinking: God where is the fucking beer and rock and roll music because we joined the military for college
These soldiers might be  thinking: Only if every guy that comes into our lives have as big a dick as the very big guns we like