Friday, December 20, 2013

Thailand: Fighting the "Superpower"

Understanding the greater global chessboard Thailand's political crisis is unfolding upon.

Tony Cartalucci
Land Destroyer Report

The history of Thailand over the past several centuries could be defined by its fending off one European empire after the next. It is the only Southeast Asian nation that has never been colonized by a European power. This is in direct contrast to its neighbors on all sides - Myanmar and Malaysia were under the British; and Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam were under the French. Even China was carved up by Western powers.

The key to Thailand's success was committing to a careful balancing act between projecting strength, adept geopolitical maneuvering, unwavering unity, and when necessary, making temporary concessions to preserve its greater sovereignty.

Image: Thailand's geopolitical surroundings 1800-1900. Thailand was the only Southeast Asian country to avoid European colonization.

"Empires" Still Exist, Still Conquer, Still Exploit