kai tora ti tha genoume khoris barbarous?
oi anthropoi autoi isan mia kapoia lysis.
-- and now, what is to become of us without barbarians? These people were a kind of solution --
Today, the prime minister has set a deadline. The red shirts demanded that Suthep turn himself in; he did so, and they demanded that he turn himself into someone else. Elsewhere I've said that this is essentially saying that he shouldn't have gone to the principal's office but to the janitor's closet. It is a meaningless condition.
Although I suspect that most red shirt leaders are as tired of all this as everyone else, and would welcome an end, it is clear that their puppetmaster(s) have another agenda.
The deadline is in EIGHT MINUTES. Is this exciting or what?
Unfortunately, the question of whether the protesters will leave, be forced out, or be horribly slaughtered is no longer that significant.
The real issue is whether the underlying problems will be solved.
The educational abyss is the first one. It is because of this abyss that we see a similar power change in the UK, with a less-than-majority party forming a coaltion to put an Old Etonian in No. 10 in a period where parliamentary corruption has been front page news for ages, without angry peasants seizing Picadilly Circus or taking over Harrods.
The educational gap leads to the ignorance gap, the brainwashability gap, the employablity gap, the wealth gap and, ultimately, the class gap.
Well, if certain people have their way I'll probably be first in line for the gulag, so I await this countdown....