Red's say 15 days, Abhisit says 9 months
Some will think the reds are unreasonable for not accepting Abhisit's timetable, but would you be so patient in their circumstances?
For all the talk, accusations, bluster & delaying, doesn't it all come down to one question:
Do you believe in democracy or not?
Democracy is not perfect, but is anyone aware of a better system?
Like it or not, Abhisit's legitimacy IS in doubt - does anyone seriously dispute that?
No amount of smooth talking can get away from the fact that PM Abhisit is the illegitimate child of a military & judicial coup, but, there is a clear way for him to gain legitimacy, and remove once and for all any doubts.
To resolve the obvious doubt on his legitimacy, all he need do is ask the people decide, and he needs to do it as soon as possible for the sake of the country.
The current government has been in place since Dec08, another 15 days will make it nearly 500 days too many for anyone who truly believes in democracy - does Abhisit seriously expect those who have had their votes stolen to wait patiently for another 300 days?
How insensitive can he be to the spirit of democracy?
All his excuses about needing to manage the economy, amend the constitution etc, are just that: EXCUSES.
Is more, or less, economic damage likely if things are left to continue to fester?
Minor coalition parties concerns about the constitution seem insignificant when the country is in such an stalemate, and anyway, it's the Reds parties that have been punished most under the current military imposed constitution, yet they appear to be prepared to go to an election EVEN with the current rules stacked against them!
We need to ask ourselves, why doesn't Abhisit want to prove his legitimacy?
Does he believe in democracy ot not?
Is he afraid, or is he under orders?