The biggest threat to the royalty has always been the royalists.
And despite the dangers of dragging the palace into the political fray for their benefit, Abhisit and his backers have done exactly that.
From the Bangkok Post:
The CRES said the network behind the plot included key leaders of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship, members of the Puea Thai Party and former banned politicians, academics and hosts of community radio programmes.
The prime minister and the armed forces have long suspected the UDD rally had a higher purpose than just forcing a dissolution of the House of Representatives.
I was still hoping, despite indications to the contrary, that Thailand's political troubles would find some common ground and be able to resolve the conflict before it took another dangerous escalation.
But now that the wounded government has taken this desperate step, they are taking Thailand on a path towards civil war.
Long live the king.