Washington should throw its weight behind the Southeast Asian nation's democracy
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In 1861 the King of Siam offered Washington a troop of war elephants to help vanquish the Confederacy. Abraham Lincoln politely declined. Today it is Thailand that needs a friend like the U.S. to help it avert a possible civil war.
On May 7, Yingluck Shinawatra, Thailand’s first female Prime Minister, was ousted after the nation’s Constitutional Court decreed she “unlawfully” replaced the National Security Council chief in 2011. Sadly, few are surprised that such a triviality could bring down a government voted in by a landslide that year. Thailand’s highest court had previously invalidated elections won by a party backed by Yingluck’s brother Thaksin Shinawatra, dissolved political parties tied to him, and removed two Thaksin-aligned Prime Ministers—one for hosting a televised cooking show.