...the good general describes, in this article excerpted from today's Nation, what life is like on his planet:

"...Sonthi opened his heart during an interview that included other people involved in the coup four years ago. The interview will be shown at 11pm tonight on Nation Channel's "Behind the People and Behind the News".

He said the main reason why he decided to launch the putsch was that he received a metal-cabinet full of letters urging him and the military to protect the country. The letters are kept at Supreme Command Headquarters.

Denying that the military had ousted a civil government, Sonthi said that before the coup, the country was not democratic.

"Even a superpower like the US knew the situation. I was talking to the US ambassador all the time. The US understood the country's political situation,'' he said."