It is increasingly clear Thailand is divided between those who enjoy a modern urban existence and those living in rural areas who believe themselves bypassed by history. Thailand’s army is gearing up for a fight that will include death and destruction. It has announced that central Bangkok is a “live firing zone” and anyone wandering into it can be shot. At least 16 are dead as result of street demonstrator clashes with the army and over a hundred are wounded. Road blocs are all over the capitol and barbed wire is strung across many streets. Red shirted opponents threaten to fight fire with fire and the government and Army have made clear they will not back down.
During a difficult moment in World War II, Denmark’s King walked through the streets of Copenhagen to show support for the people of his nation. Perhaps, it is time for the King of Thailand to do something similar and calm down rising talk of violence?