You can never be too sure what he is up to. Sometimes, you are led to think he is a super strategist. Other times, you are tempted to believe that he is nothing but a confused old man.
Whatever your conclusion, Gen Chavalit Yongchaiyudh is no ordinary retired general.
He shook hands with Cambodian Premier Hun Sen in Phnom Penh on the same day that he disclosed that he was meeting the key leaders of the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD). The former is Thaksin Shinawatr’s close friend, the latter an arch-enemy.
Chavalit said Hun Sen has set aside a beautiful home for Thakin in Cambodia because he is sympathetic with “mistreated friend.” In other words, Chavalit is suggesting that Hun Sen was granted asylum to Thaksin.
Then, he said he was meeting PAD’s key leaders including Chamlong Srimuang to talk about natioal reconciliation. Didn’t he realize that one bombshell could neutralize the next one. How would Chamlong react to Chavalit’s peace overture when the latter was seen helping Thaksin to return to power?
And then, a little bird at PAD told me that it is possible that Chavalit may meet Sondhi Limthongkul, leader of the New Politics Party as well. How public that meeting will be remains unclear.
But never underestimate Big Jiew. He has tried impossible missions before. He has failed so far. But who knows, luck may be on the side this time…and he needs lots of that.