Shawn W. Crispin, Asia Times | December 8, 2008
King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the ruling monarch of Thailand, failed to give his annual birthday speech, which many had hoped would be used to address and even resolve the country's political chaos. ++ Yet "his silence over his birthday spoke volumes to a divided nation." ++ He neither lent his support to the PPP-led caretaker government, nor did he comment on the recent PAD airport protests. ++ "Instead, judging by his encouragements to judges, it seems Bhumibol would prefer that the courts arrive at a rule-by-law conclusion."