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While I may have butchered the original quotation, the essence of the protests in Thailand is about the descrepancy between the wealthy and impoverished in the country.

Many believe that ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra is no saint himself, but his policies included many that would have helped the poorest of the nation elevate themselves.

The Red Shirts, whose symbolic garments are now often bloodied red, are really fighting for more than an old leader.

They are protesting for fairness and a change in the economic structure of the country.

The dramatic change that will be needed in the country will not come easy, and the current leadership seems to offer no promise of change in their cling to power.

What was impressive about the situation until government troops moved in, was the length of time the peaceful protest continued and became stronger.

This speaks to an undercurrent of support that is widespread, apparently in greater part by regions outside the capital city of Bangkok where the protests were centred.

Thailand is a country where there have been many coups in the past. Yet through them all the country remained a beacon of stability. Clearly discontent was boiling below the surface.

Government troops may massacre their way out of this protest since they are not going to face much resistance from crude weapons that make David’s slingshot against Goliath look like a comparative grenade.

It would be better to find genuine means of solving the problems that really are behind the support for the ousted prime minister. This does not appear likely to happen.

The interesting sidebar to all of this from direct information from aquaintances whose children are currently in Chang Mai, is that other than television coverage, they would not know there are major problems in the capital city.

They are going about their business of travel in the usual friendly Thai tourist environment, but fearful of a spread in violence which could suddenly affect them directly.