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September 19, 2006


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The referenced story mischaractizes the struggle and the monarchy's position. The fight has been between the army and Thaksin, as Thaksin has made many moves to weaken the army's power. Army leaders did not like this, and publicly stated that they work for the King, not the government. The King is on the sidelines in the struggle, not wanting to interfere and calling for the democratic process to work its way. However, the army, and other groups for that matter, always take the position that they are supporting the King and the good of the country. Paul Handley mistakenly attributes too much active participation in the power struggle to the King.

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