Thailand: Plan B, for Blood

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May 27, 2007: In the south, Islamic terrorists ambushed an army patrol, and five soldiers were wounded. The terrorists fled when the soldiers returned fire. The daily attacks by Islamic terrorists continue, but the government persists in its policy of trying to reconcile the pro-terrorist Moslems in the south. That may change soon, as the generals have appointed a veteran tough guy to organize a more violent solution to the Islamic terrorists. The preparations for this change in strategy is expected to encourage Moslem leaders in the south to reconsider their reluctance to help the government round up the Islamic terrorists. Meanwhile, the terrorists themselves are continuing to use violence to keep Moslems from cooperating with the government. If both sides resort to violence, it's going to get very nasty. The Thais know from past experience that this approach will work, although the PR blowback will be substantial. In the past, the Thais have ignored what the rest of the world thought of them.

May 22, 2007: The government has shut down three radio stations that featured phoned in interviews from ousted ( last September) prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. This has led to unrest and protests against government attempts to stifle free speech. The government is also trying to use the courts to cripple the political parties that support Thaksin, who still apparently has the support of most Thais.

May 21, 2007: In the south, terrorists used the two bomb technique, having a second bomb go off as people rushed to help the victims of the first. Eleven people were wounded.

May 20, 2007: Over 3,000 people demonstrated in the capital, to protest the military government. The coup is not working out well, and even though the generals have promised new elections by the end of the year, many people want it sooner, rather than later. Even the king, who approved of the coup (an important bit of support), has had second thoughts and is opposed to some of the junta policies.

 

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