Thailand: Roadblocks to Peace


May 11, 2007: The increase in attacks on police in the south appears to be in response to the increased police activity against suspected terrorists. Apparently, several dozen of those arrested recently were well connected terrorists. Some of those arrested also appear to have talked, because the raids and arrests continue. The government has also helped with the formation of militias among the Buddhist militias, and this has made the Moslems nervous. To add to the tension, hundreds of Moslem civilians have blocked a main road for over a week, in an effort to get terrorist suspects released from prison.

May 10, 2007: Six armed men attacked a police post, killing two policemen and burning their bodies.

May 9, 2007: In the south, seven soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb. Elsewhere, a Moslem civilian was shot dead.

May 7, 2007: The government is financing the establishment of Islamic Studies departments in several universities. This means fewer Moslem Thais will go to places like Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Egypt or Indonesia to study, and possibly pick up a taste for radical Islam along the way. May 5, 2007: In the capital, a small bomb went off near the royal palace, wounding a passer by. In the south, Islamic terrorist killed two policemen and seven civilians in several attacks.

May 4, 2007: Despite the Islamic terrorism in the south, the beach resorts in the region remain the most popular destination for foreigners visiting the region. The resorts are build away from population centers, and the locals who work at the resorts have not been cooperating with the terrorists. Moreover, many Buddhist northerners have gone south to work at the resorts.


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