Thailand: Killing Moslems For The Cause

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November 25, 2007: The violence in the south continues to kill more Moslems. The Islamic terrorists are not happy with the number of Moslems who are cooperating with the security forces. This month, the violence level has increased, with 6-7 terrorist attacks a day (in an area containing about two million people). The Islamic militants are particularly upset that the police have finally gotten the names of key terrorist leaders. This has led to more raids on villages where these leaders are hiding out. It's pretty obvious that someone is talking, and the terrorists are not sure who they can trust anymore. Islamic death squads are killing known, or suspected, police informers. There's also an increase in random violence against Moslem civilians. There appears to be some disagreement among Islamic militants over this shift in tactics. In other countries (Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Afghanistan), attacks on Moslem civilians leads to more hostility towards the Islamic radicals. But the Islamic radicals are caught in trap created by the religious underpinnings of their cause. Put simply, radical Islam holds that any Moslem who does not agree with the radicals is not a true Moslem, and thus can be attacked. Most Moslems do not believe this, and will grow increasingly hostile to the Islamic terrorists if attacked. This usually leads to the destruction of the terrorist organizations. Police are also finding that the primary source of the Islamic terrorism is religious schools and mosques run by radical clergy. These are being shut down, which hampers terrorist recruiting.

November 18, 2007: Obeying a court order, the army released 384 Moslem men it had arrested earlier in the year. The men were suspected of participating in, or supporting, Islamic terrorism, and themselves potential terrorists. There was not enough evidence for a formal charge, but the army wanted to see if holding these men would convince any of them to help with counter-terrorism efforts, or if their absence reduce the level of terrorist violence. The army will not discuss any intelligence obtained from the released men. The Islamic terrorist violence has declined this year, but it's unclear if that was connected with the imprisonment of those 384 men.

 

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