Today, I read this piece by Denis Gray in the Washington Post. It's a succinct piece of journalism that captures the point I was trying to make. What we're witnessing here isn't mere civil disobedience or rabble rousing; it's the emergence of a proper democracy in a country that hasn't gotten all the way around the bases yet. And no matter what happens, as Gray points out, Thailand will never be the same again. And in the long term, that might not be such a bad thing in terms of development, stability and respect on an international stage.
While much of Thailand (and the rest of Asia, for that matter) shakes its head at these events, tut-tut, I feel lucky to be witnessing them. Maturing -- politically or otherwise -- is a painful and necessary process.