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Let's hold a coup and let the Army run the country. Let's appoint 33% of the government pre election with our people. Let's ban and dissolve the opposition party. Let's moan about not b

If they were invited you wouldn't here the last of it, with more headlines and pictures for weeks. Now they have been rejected, it isn't important. Like children throwing a rattle out of the pram.

Sure thing. Whether a country is a democracy or not is definitely all politics. Obviously there is no such thing as a perfect democracy. The host country the U.S.A. is certainly not that and indeed is

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5 hours ago, webfact said:

Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai on Thursday dismissed the “Summit for Democracy” to be hosted by the US and to which Thailand was not invited as “nothing more than pure politics.”

That's like denigrating the private party you were not invited to.

 

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59 minutes ago, flossie35 said:

And since WWII the US has gone round destroying democracies, usually at the behest of US corporations. Starting with Guatemala around 1950, on behalf of United Fruit. Iran on behalf of oil companies. And so on. 

...and what about the rampage through the Middle East, flossie?

   Who was cheerleading for that?

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3 hours ago, daveAustin said:

Lol Bearing in mind most SEA states also do not qualify. Sorry mate, that don’t wash. It’s aimed as squarely at you and yours as it is China and Russia. Children. 

Philipines, Malaysia & Indonesia are invited and not Singapore. I don't see the rationale behind USA's method of selection. Pakistan and Botswana are invited and are head scratchers. There are politics meddling and Don has a point. 

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7 hours ago, webfact said:

Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai on Thursday dismissed the “Summit for Democracy” to be hosted by the US and to which Thailand was not invited as “nothing more than pure politics.”

Exactly now he is starting to understand why he has his position and what he work with.

Now Don, it´s time for the 2nd lesson: How democracy became a part of modern politics in developed societies.

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10 minutes ago, John Drake said:

I think Thailand's lack of an invitation is acknowledgment that the country is now considered a satellite of China.

IMO the rather idiosyncratic manner in US's selection and invitation for the summit is a poor thought out foreign policy. It send a mixed signal to friends and allies and deepen their views that US can't be trusted like in Afghanistan. In Thailand there are groups of professionals, politicians and youths that see US as an unworthy friend and this only benefit China's influence. US got a lot to do to build trust and goodwill with Thailand to balance the geo-political divergence. 

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