This Is Not A Coup
What’s Going on in Thailand?
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  • Andrew Allison

    This simply an attempt by the leaders of the Red Shirts to take advantage of the failure of the King to exert his “god-like influence over Thai politics and society” to gain control of the government without an election which they would surely lose. In other words, an attempted coup. Meanwhile, Thailand is, at least for the present, a parliamentary democracy with a constitutional monarchy. Perhaps the real question is whether the military will permit that to change and if so, who will be in charge. Seems to me that, under the circumstances, a military coup would be better for Thailand than one by the Red Shirts.

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