Poem from “Aunty Oo” to “Ah Kong [Uncle] SMS”-Prachatai
April 28, 2012
[CJ Hinke of FACT comments: There is a very human cost to war. Perhaps the Royalist ostriches simply do not consider us humans, and Thais. History will prove them wrong…]
Prachatai: April 26, 2012
Note: This poem is from Mrs. Rosmalin (Aunty Oo), the wife of Mr. Amphon, or Ah Kong [Uncle] SMS. Mr. Amphon is currently serving a 20-year prison sentence for allegedly sending 4 SMS messages with lese majesté content to the secretary of Mr. Abhisit Vejjajiva, while he was in office as the prime minister.
5 May 2012
We arrive at the 44th year of being together Both tremendous happiness and sorrow
Today, changes upon changes We are utterly thrown by the tempest that comes
Our bodies collapse, shaken Yet we are still of one heart
Standing to meet fate If today I could chant an incantation
And what I dream of is granted And everything I await becomes real
All I ask is for you to be returned The path we walk is lined with thorns
Even as I weep, I will try to resist defeat I will fight against degradation
Waiting for you, my spirit is not dampened Even though today it is still dim, desolate
Yet we may hope for a new day Tomorrow may hold a fast-track to the finish line
To begin again in our old age
Until death parts us
Translated by Tyrell Haberkorn
#26805 – by Postman (visitor) (184.108.40.206 220.127.116.11, 18.104.22.168) | Wed, 25/04/2012 – 11:17
“It takes a great depth of moral decay and near-total lack of humanity to promote, prolong, create and boast about the kind of misery and unhappiness posed by these cases…”
Well yes, Frank, but you of all people should know the form, the objective is not to protect the monarchy but to protect privilege and a privileged way of life as symbolised by the monarch. The only way this can be done is to enforce conformity. Non-conformity of any kind on behalf of the peasantry is unacceptable to the people who have scrambled, bribed and suborned their way to the top of the dung-heap.
Therefore if no insult or threat to the King is present or even intended yet the thinking is not in conformity with the dogma, then they will work tirelessly to make something out of nothing and make the victim fir the procrustean bed. Therefore, if (for example) Prem is insulted (and who is more deserving of being insulted?), they will argue that since the King appointed Prem, any criticism of Prem is an indirect criticism of the king. never mind what the law actually says, that is not the concern of the judges, it is of little relevance and no import.
In Thailand judges are not there to promulgate, enforce or penalise infarctions of the law, they are there to pronounce according to their view of what they think the law should be if only they wrote the laws. Since all judges are good people (appointed by the King, ’nuff sed), they cannot err. Voila! The Thai tragi-comedy.
No matter that many are corrupt, bigoted or just plain stupid. Nor that they are bureaucrats and not lawyers. Never mind that the King appointed corrupt, bigoted or stupid people to the bench in the first place – nver mind any of that stuff, none of that matters. The only thing that matters is that the peasants are kept in their place, and history suggests this will not change save by large-scale rebellion and large-scale blood-letting, which is why they are shitting in their pants.
John Jay Chapman said “People who love soft methods and hate iniquity forget this; that reform consists in taking a bone from a dog. Philosophy will not do it.” The palace and their coterie of hangers-on and brown-nosers are not about to give up their bones to a bunch of peasants who probably came from Laos and aren’t even *proper* Thais anyway.