"Former Communist insurgents could be behind the attacks [in the deep south]" General Sonthi, August 2006
Bangkok Pundit beat me to the keyboard, but I can't go without mentioning this.
General Sonthi Boonyaratglin today made quite possibly the worst comparison I have ever heard from any military leader in history.
Sonthi was talking about the possibility of entering politics. He mentioned that it would be crucial to choose the right party with the right levels of popularity and military support.
Then suddenly this quote jumped off the page and smacked me between the eyes:
"I will bring into use the successful strategy of the late leader of the Chinese Communist Party Mao Zedong who established strong support from both sympathisers and the militant."
I had to check the date and make sure it wasn't April 1st. Can Nation reporters confirm he really said this?
Did he really, really make a comparison to one of the 'greatest' Communist leaders of all time? A man who epitomised a political ideology that denies all forms of royalty and land ownership? A man who has been called by some as the "biggest killer who ever lived"? And a man who was directly responsible for the loss of millions of lives under the "great leap forwards".
Take a hint Mr Sonthi, if you come out with quotes this ill considered, politics is not for you.