Tuesday, March 20, 2007

The Thai Insurgency

Zachary Abuza at the Counterterrorism Blog notes that rather than calming down after recent political developments, the Thai insurgency has flared up with renewed ferocity.

More than 2,100 people have been killed in 38 months, and the government has proven completely incapable of responding to the situation and stemming the violence. That has given the insurgents considerable momentum, and caused a greater number of moderate Muslim civilians to be more supportive of the insurgents.

The brutal killing of the nine villains in the van, came days before the sixth anniversary of the 19 September 2006 coup. While the justification and rationale for the coup is still debated, people across the political spectrum placed considerable hope that the Council on National Security (CNS) and the government that they installed would do a better job than the Thaksin administration in stemming the violence.

Yet, the exact opposite has been true: the daily average rate of killing has more than tripled in the past six months, from 1.6 people a day in 2006 to almost four per day. Over 400 people, roughly 19 percent of the 2,100 people killed since January 2004 have died since the coup. Attacks have become more sophisticated and coordinated. Sadly the junta leaders remain oblivious to the reality on the ground and show precious little resolve in dealing with the insurgency, they remain mired in petty political squabbles in Bangkok and blind to the reports from their field commanders.

I really haven't been able to devote as much time to this issue as I would like, but there are a collection of links in "Second Front" page at Wretchard.com


Blogger Mark said...

Maybe no members of this half witted blog have even been to Thailand, reading some of the comments on the other topics leaves me thinking most of the members have never left their dark, damp holes.

Impeach and Imprison!

3/20/2007 11:21:00 PM  
Blogger Mike H. said...

Conceit, I see you've changed your name to mark.

3/21/2007 12:57:00 AM  
Blogger PapaBear said...

The Thai people have only two choices at this point: submit to dhimmitude, or decide that enough is enough

3/21/2007 05:57:00 AM  
Blogger Karridine said...

Well, "Mark", it must come as a surprise to you, then, that THIS poster not only LIVES in Thailand, but reads, writes and speaks Thai...

Because in Thailand, when I speak Korean, they don't understand me at all!

So even MORE deflating, "Mark", is that as a proud American I use my linguistic skills to reach members of the significant Korean community here (Bangkok & environs) as well as Thais, to inform them when they exhibit misunderstandings of American efforts; when they display ignorance of factual history about America, and to gently but truthfully help them to learn more about the beauty, courage and strengths of America.

Then, just for laughs, I ask them "What sound does a harelip dog make, Mark?"

3/21/2007 06:12:00 AM  
Blogger David M said...

Trackbacked by The Thunder Run - Web Reconnaissance for 03/21/2007
A short recon of what’s out there that might draw your attention.

3/21/2007 10:05:00 AM  
Blogger Annoy Mouse said...

While the Thai’s reshuffle their military, the Internal Securities Operations Command notes that the frequency of violence has decreased, though, admittedly, it has lead to more deaths. Meanwhile, Human $Rights Watch admonishes:

“’The Thai security forces are using disappearances as a way to weaken the militants and instill fear in the Malay Muslim community,’ said Brad Adams, Asia director for HRW.”

Perhaps HRW could offer a more proactive approached to stemming the violence and creating an atmosphere where non-Muslims can live in peace without the fear of religiously inspired murder.

Thanks for the links Wretchard.

3/21/2007 10:14:00 AM  
Blogger chigalum said...

Impeach and Imprison??

Grow up and free your mind.

3/21/2007 07:06:00 PM  
Blogger Karridine said...

Thais I talk to are concerned... in that clouded-brow, speak-too-loud kind of concerned way when there's little that the speaker thinks he/she can REALLY do about the problem...

And the problem of murderous, head-hacking killers hiding behing women and children is something that, Buddhist or Baha'i, doesn't sit well with the southern Thais.

3/23/2007 07:29:00 AM  
Blogger Karridine said...


Oh, the noise it makes is "mark! mark!"

But we shouldn't mock the afflicted dogs among us...

3/23/2007 07:32:00 AM  

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