Two months after the military coup, martial law was lifted in the
capital, and surrounding provinces. This area was the heart of the popular
support for the coup.
28, 2006: Two more people were murdered down south. Police believe there are
only a few dozen people carrying out most of these murders. Perhaps a third of
the killings are to terrorize Moslems into not cooperating with police. The
terrorists also have the protection of the smuggling gangs which have long been
a powerful force in the south. What you have, in effect, is gangsters
protecting several teams of serial killers. Some 1,800 people have died in the
violence over that past three years. It's a law enforcement nightmare.
27, 2006: In the south, four people, including two soldiers, were killed by
Islamic death squads. A roadside bomb wounded three soldiers patrolling near
the Malaysia border.
26, 2006: On the Burmese border, there is a growing problem with refugees
trying to get across. Most of them are from the Karen tribes, which have been
at war with the Burmese government for over half a century. The tribes have
been losing lately. In the last ten years, over 3,000 Karen villages have been
destroyed, and in the past year, nearly 100,000 Karen have become refugees,
after nearly 300 Karen villages were destroyed. Many try to get into Thailand,
to escape further encounters with the Burmese army. There are about 150,000
official Burmese refugees in Thailand, and over a million illegal ones.
Currently, nearly a thousand Karen come to border asking for refugee status,
and many more just sneak across.
25, 2006: Continued attacks on schools and teachers in the south have
forced the government to close 434 schools until security can be improved.
Teachers are terrified, and parents are reluctant to send their kids to schools
that might be the scene of attacks on teachers, or arson. Last week, two
teachers were shot dead and one school was burned down. Meanwhile, the
killings continued down south, with three Buddhist farmers being killed by
24, 2006: In the south, seven people were murdered by Islamic terrorists,
including three Moslems. The terrorists are still having a hard time keeping
all their Moslem "supporters" in line. The majority of Moslems down
south want better economic opportunities, not an Islamic republic. The
terrorists are more about control than setting up an independent Moslem state.
There is also a question, when it comes to the alliance between Islamic
terrorists and Moslem gangsters, about who is using who.
23, 2006: The government will offer tax incentives for companies that expand
into the Moslem south. But such incentives are hampered by the Islamic
terrorism down there. Actually, the terrorists are backed by the criminal
gangs, who may decide to accept new businesses if adequate payoffs are made.
It's not easy doing business down south as long as the Islamic gangsters are such
a prominent part of the landscape.