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Meeting a White Mennonite

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The army created modern Thailand. It instituted a constitutional monarchy in 1932, since when it staged 18 military coups, of which 12 were successful. Now, the junta is trying to -and succeeding in - caging the democratic beast.

In Bangladesh, parents, elders and teachers ... perpetuate the canard that military rule is not good for a country.

Where's the evidence?

In Bangladesh, under military rule from 1975 to 1990, we had peace and stability: no one was burnt alive or beaten to death in hartals; no woman was raped for voting for the "wrong" party; no judges were leaned on to pronounce for the government; no politics meant no hatred, no US versus THEM polarization of society. We were not civic enemies, then.

Again, in 2007, in Bangladesh, it was the army that "prevented a bloodbath", to quote the Economist.

Getting shirty in Bangkok: how democracy makes us civic enemies
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Thailand, South Korea, Taiwan and Indonesia all developed and modernized under the military.

Today, the Thai military is performing its decades-old patriotic function. It can do so for two reasons.

First, Thailand receives no foreign aid, so western imperialists have no stranglehold - "full nelson" or, rather, "surfboard backbreaker"- on the country and its people.

Second, Thailand has never been colonized, so they're not coconuts like us - brown outside, white inside - starving for the approval of white people.

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Iftekhar Sayeed teaches English and economics. He was born and lives in Dhaka, "ŽBangladesh. He has contributed to AXIS OF LOGIC, ENTER TEXT, POSTCOLONIAL "ŽTEXT, LEFT CURVE, MOBIUS, ERBACCE, THE JOURNAL, and other publications. "ŽHe is also a (more...)
 
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