So for all my bitching about how America’s government sucks cock these days, even while living under Bush I’ll come out and say that it could be worse.
From Newsweek (yes I know I just picked on them, but eh):
The image is steeped in irony. As tanks rolled into Bangkok to overthrow his six-year-old government on the night of Sept. 19, Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra was hunkered down at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York. The former telecommunications billionaire, who once owned a Thai TV station himself, could persuade only one channel to air his rambling emergency decree ordering troops back to barracks. Unsurprisingly, the message fell on deaf ears. The next day Army Cmdr. Sonthi Boonyaratkalin imposed sweeping curbs on civil liberties, isolated some top Army officers loyal to Thaksin, then outlined a timetable for restoring democracy. Thaksin flew into probable exile in London, lamenting to Thai journalists aboard his chartered flight: “I was prime minister when I went [to New York], but I am jobless on the way back.”
Yeah, so military dictatorship: Who the fuck even does that anymore? Yeah, Burma does, but you don’t see a huge rush of people all like “OMG LETS BE LIKE BURMA” or crushing on their leader or whatever. We’re all pretty much seeing it as, I dunno, Asia’s zit? Maybe I’m wrong here, but I don’t think so?
I mean, if you’re going to have some sort of brutal oppressive dictatorship, you could at least do it in style. China, North Korea, we’re looking at you. Evil soul-eating motherfucks, yes, but they have some sort of finesse to them. Well, when theyat least.
But military dictatorship? Sonthi Boonyawhateverthefuck, did the rest of the kids pick on you when you were younger? Did they always steal your lunch money, and you swore deep down in your heart that you would get them back? Because this little clownshow you’re putting on is really, really fucking immature. Keep it up and the real owners of Thailand (the Thai people) might ground you to Burma without dinner.