Monitor Lizards.

November 25, 2008

Reading a lot about the street protests in Bangkok, which for years I had erroneously thought of as a stable haven over there. I have friends who’ve moved to Thailand–some for cheap living, some to bathe in the strangeness, and some, I suspect, to indulge their sex addiction in cheap Thai whores.
I wonder if these friends of mine have any idea what’s going politically–I remember joking with one of my expatriate friends, when he was back in New York for some tax thing, that he was the emissary from Thai Rak Thai, and he had no idea what I was talking about. (Thai Rak Thai means, “Thais love Thais”; the former party of Thaksin Shinawatra, who all the protests are about–he was ousted in a coup last year, and now his opponents fear he’s re-taking the country by proxy)
Anyway, read in the NYTimes this morning:
Protesters call the government the “beast from hell” and refer to leading politicians as “monitor lizards,” one of the gravest Thai insults.
Wait. Did I read that right? Monitor lizards?! There’s one for the rhetorical arsenal.