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.
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.