Monday, 24 November 2008

How The Mighty Have Fallen

You won't be likely to read a funnier news story this year than the first four paragraphs of this one:
BANGKOK - A MAVERICK Thai general who has threatened to bomb anti-government protesters and drop snakes on them from helicopters has been reassigned as an aerobics teacher, the Bangkok Post said on Friday.

Major-general Khattiya Sawasdipol, a Rambo-esque anti-communist fighter more commonly known as Seh Daeng, reacted with disappointment to his new role as a military instructor promoting public fitness at marketplaces.

'It is ridiculous to send me, a warrior, to dance at markets,' he said, before launching an attack on his boss, army chief Anupong Paochinda.

'The army chief wants me to be a presenter leading aerobics dancers. I have prepared one dance. It's called the 'throwing-a-hand-grenade' dance', he said.

I'd be curious to learn whether it was the snake-bombing thing that got him reassigned, or just internal politics. I mean, who hasn't had days when they wanted to drop kraits on their enemies?

h/t to Hilzoy.

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