Yet another twist in the ongoing Thai crisis, however, strengthened claims by the Demon (Corruption) that the travesty in Thailand that resulted from his clash with the Angel (Democracy) has to end now.
Corruption is steadfast on his proposed pact, which would "officially" recognise him as an essential part of Thailand's democracy. The befuddled Angel continues his resistance through sheer willpower.
Corruption: Damn, that was close!
Democracy: Certainly. I can't believe this Samak guy.
Corruption: So much for being a Champion of Democracy. If he had had his way and people got killed, I would have loved to see world headlines.
Democracy: I have to agree. And we thought Thaksin was bad.
Democracy: What do you mean by "yeah"? Things are getting ridiculous even by your standard?
Corruption: Yes, I admit. But it's YOUR problem. Analysts and pundits would never say, "Corruption is in crisis" in Thailand. All we have heard is "Thai democracy in shambles".
Democracy: All because of you.
Corruption: Because of your self-denial, your refusal to openly embrace me. You are not just disintegrating into a complete fantasy; you are becoming a comical fantasy.
Democracy: I'd rather be a joke than your partner.
Corruption: Same old stupid pride. How sad. Your existence, especially in Thailand, is a fragile body full of pretence, not essence. And when smart people want to put things right, there will always be idiots crawling out of the woodwork to blow it.
Democracy: What are you talking about?
Corruption: My proposed pact - a deal that would harmonise us. If political crimes can be erased via constitutional amendments, we will be so close to living happily together. Samak was doing the right thing on this one. Shame on the People's Alliance for Democracy.
Democracy: The protesters were exercising their democratic rights.
Corruption: To defend a dictatorship-sponsored Constitution? What side are you on, mate? Those jerks have been disrupting Thailand's progress for three years now and have turned the country into a circus.
Now a "White" campaign has been introduced by so-called peace lovers. Are Thais going to exhaust all colours in the spectrum while this political nonsense is going on?
Democracy: The "White" movement has a noble purpose. They are pleading for an end to the confrontation. In fact, their stand that both sides should back off and let the courts judge Thaksin, who's the main cause of the showdown, sounds like the most rational proposal at the moment.
Corruption: It will get shot down by the "investigation was unfair" argument in no time. Don't get me wrong. I acknowledge that the White movement is a pure force. They could turn into a big movement like the "Green" campaign that delivered the 1997 Constitution, but they will end up similarly being a flash in the pan.
Democracy: Don't underestimate the power of frustrated people trapped in the middle.
Corruption: Don't overestimate the power of activists who denounce violence and use toddlers to promote their cause. In Thailand, you reinforce your ideologies by setting up a barbed-wire fortress in the middle of the city's main avenue and throwing stones at the houses of senior citizens.
Democracy: At least nobody has died. Yes, Samak has courted a bloody disaster, but I think Thais, confused and clueless as they are, will finally find a solution. And by solution I mean a system that keeps you in a cage.
Corruption: It's your stupid urge to put me in a cage that's restraining Thailand and yourself. Neither you, nor the country, nor the economy can go forward. All this because of unpaid taxes? Come on now, pal. You fight with me and everyone loses.
Democracy: So, let's shake hands and you can go on and devour everything in sight?
Corruption: Don't worry. A pact will upgrade my social status, so to speak. I will behave accordingly.
Democracy: You mean you will make it even more untraceable next time?
Corruption: A pact means there's nothing left to trace, right, because I will become something legitimate. But anyway, no traces mean no crime. If Thais had followed this elementary rule of law, they would not have been caught in this current mess and danger. I heard that when Samak threatened the crackdown on PAD, the Vietnamese lit fireworks all across the country.
Democracy: I'm not losing hope. And if I'm to die, I'll die fighting.
Corruption: You'll die confused... if you still exist at all, that is.
And the World, Heaven and Hell continue to hold their breath...