"The more successful is the monarchy’s role in modern democracy, the harder it is to be replicated. Things must be put in order before the next reign begins. Thailand is indeed at a critical and delicate juncture."
So writes Thongchai Winichakul at the University of Wisconsin. This thought, which relates directly to a point which I made in the previous post, is taken from a longer statement he has recently published online Bad excuse for the coup which is a point-by-point rebutal of four justifications for the coup. Thanks go to Bangkok Pundit and Andrew Walker at New Mandala.