Election Commissioner Mr. Somchai Srisuthiyakorn Tuesday welcomed the talk between Phra Buddha Issara and former prime minister Mr. Somchai Wongsawat, saying it was good sign of possible peaceful solution.
I question the intention of ‘monk’ Phra Buddha Issara who now has an unhealthy image of being anti-democracy. His attitude in extortion and involvement in politics has not set in well with many quarters, such as from the religious bodies. Thailand is the home of many religions and religious freedom is very special because of its separation from political matters. But with Phra Buddha Issara’s involvement in trying to boost Mr. Suthep Thaugsuban’s political career, we can never be sure of his intention at sincerity.
Thailand has seen conflict many times for the past four months from armed PDRC protesters and street violence. I think for the moment everyone who is sincere must continue working for peace, even if we are to do it cautiously to avoid betrayals and bitter disappointments from dodgy characters.