Saturday, June 6, 2015

A forgotten war in Thailand

We seldom hear much about the war between Thai authorities and separatist Islamic terrorists in Thailand.  The Sydney Morning Herald has published an interesting article describing the current situation there.  Here's an excerpt.

Beheadings, bombings, drive-by shootings, assassinations, extra-judicial killings and vicious assaults have left more than 6300 people dead and at least 11,500 injured since 2004 in south-east Asia's longest-running war in Thailand's four southernmost provinces.

Armed and organised ethnic Malays – almost all of whom are Muslims – are pitted against the predominantly Buddhist Thai state in a cycle of violence that is rarely reported outside of Thailand.

Monks, teachers, schools, government officials – people seen as symbols of the Thai state – have been targets of insurgents operating in secret cells while Thai security forces, which operate with impunity, are accused by human rights groups of abuses including arbitrary arrests and extra-judicial killings that cause more reprisals.

Militants plant indiscriminate bombs in public places, often changing tactics to keep security forces off-guard. Hundreds of civilians – Buddhists and Muslims – have been killed or wounded while simply going about their daily activities.

And fears are growing that insurgents, who have shunned attempts to align themselves with Islamist terrorist organisations like al-Qaeda and Jemaah Islamiyah, are looking to expand their sphere of influence and could be ripe for recruitment by transnational militant groups such as Islamic State.

There's more at the link.  Interesting reading, particularly when you consider the unstable situation in South-East Asia at the moment.  This is another aggravating element that could grow to affect the region as a whole if it spins out of control.



Anonymous said...

Armed and violent Buddhists. Kinda makes you think, doesn't it?


JohninMd.(HELP?!??) said...

Another war you hear little of is the Burma - Karen fracas that's been running since the 40's.