Archive - Jun 15, 2010

THAILAND LETTER: Lessons learned

I have been musing on the Thai nonviolent movement lately.  When the entire senior leadership of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) surrendered peacefully to the Thai authorities, that was nonviolence in its highest form—taking responsibilities for the cause you believe in rather than fleeing to the countryside or abroad and leaving the flocks for the slaughter.  The Red Shirt movement was able to assert its moral superiority to the beast.  At the same time, it rendered the entire Thai mass movement orphaned.  But not for long—whenever two or three people are gathered in the name of the Lord of liberation, a seed of liberation is in their midst.