Thailand: Never Surrender

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November 13, 2010: While the Islamic terrorist violence continues in the south, it has been overshadowed by destructive floods throughout the country, which have killed far more people in a few weeks than the terrorists have in several months. So far this year, nearly 370 people have died in the southern violence. The number of dead continues a downward trend, but police are still unable to identify most of the killers. That's because an increasing number of victims are Moslems, attacked to keep people from cooperating with the police. This trend is dangerous for the gangsters who have backed the Islamic radicals, because the culture of silence (towards the police) is breaking down in the south, as people grow tired of the constant attacks of the Islamic radicals, and increased determination by the Thai government to maintain control. The Islamic radicals are seen as losers, and as murderous fanatics that won't give up unless the cops get them. So more Moslems are providing information, but not enough to destroy the terrorist organizations. Not yet.

In the cities, there are still regular populist red shirt rallies to protest rigged elections and a government run by a royalist/urban middle class minority. The populists will not go away, as the elitist yellow shirt groups had hoped.

November 9, 2010: In the south, three people were shot dead by Islamic terrorists.

November 8, 2010: Recent rigged elections in neighboring Burma have led to increased violence in the northern tribal areas, and up to 50,000 refugees have crossed into Thailand to escape the fighting.

November 4, 2010: Two bombs went off in the south, wounding two people.

 

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