Thai Jihad

Thai Policeman Shot  in Front of Mosque, Witnessed by 100 Muslim Worshipers

War is deceit,” Muhammad said, and “the gunmen passed themselves as Muslim worshipers who came to pray at the mosque.” No word on any expression of outrage from their co-religionists at this “misunderstanding” of Islam, or if outrage will be reserved, as ever, for cartoons, non-muslims accused of blasphemy, orphanages, health care centers, and priests.

“Police killed in front of Narathiwat mosque,” from The Nation, February 11: Policeman killed in front of mosque

File photo: Thai security forces inspect the bodies of two Buddhists in Pattani province, south of Bangkok August 29, 2010. Suspected separatist militants shot dead the two Buddhists, police said

Look what’s causing “impoverished, marginalized” Muslims:

Jihad against teachers

The intrepid mujahedin, gunning down teachers and forcing school closures in the entire province. Later on, they, along with analysts in the West, will complain about the region being poor and underdeveloped, and say it causes jihad. But this is a classic example of jihad causing poverty, and obliterating the means of improving one’s lot in life.

Teachers working in state schools are frequently targeted because they are seen as a symbol of government authority in the south, where Islamic insurgents view the education system as an effort by Bangkok to impose Buddhist culture….

“Call for Thai school closures after teachers killed,” by Rapee Mama for Agence France-Presse, September 7

Thailand: Jihadists murder nine Buddhist hunters with roadside bomb

Jihad against Buddhist wild pig hunters. “Bomb kills 9 civilians in restive Thai south,” from Reuters, January 25:  Attacks are typically drive-by shootings, ambushes and roadside blasts although car bombings and beheadings have taken place in recent years….

Thailand: Four soldiers killed in jihadist attack on army camp

This is a departure from their usual attacks on teachers, rubber tappers, and telephone repairmen. Also, ex-politicians, village chiefs, married couples, and construction workers. “

Rebels kill three, burn bodies in Thai south

What’s noteworthy here is that al Reuters for once skips the usual BS about  the marginalized, impoverished Muslims who have somehow been left behind by the evil Thai government:

PATTANI – SUSPECTED Muslim separatists shot dead three Buddhists and burned their bodies in Thailand’s restive south, police said on Thursday, the latest violence in the rubber-rich southern tip of the country.

The killings follow several high-profile attacks in the past three weeks, including a raid on an army camp, a massive roadside bombing, the execution-style shooting of a Buddhist family and a series of drive-by attacks.

The latest escalation of violence began soon after the government hailed the success of security operations and public relations campaigns in reducing the number of attacks.

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has said the government was considering lifting the emergency decree gradually in the region despite opposition from the army.

In the latest incident, suspected insurgents shot the three Buddhists, among them two women, as the rode in a pick-up truck in Pattani, one of three provinces bordering Malaysia where more than 4,300 people, both Muslims and minority Buddhists, have been killed in violence since 2004.

Police later found their charred bodies on the roadside next to their burnt vehicle. — REUTERS

But here’s the good news:

Congratulations, southern Thailand! You’re getting Sharia!

And that, of course, is what you have always wanted. But how long will it before you start to demand it in the rest of Thailand as well? “Thaworn sees sharia law as way forward,” from the Bangkok Post, December 25 via JW…….

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  1. Human Rights Watch condemns increasing violence by Thai separatists

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    Bangkok – A human rights group on Tuesday condemned a surge in violent attacks by separatist Muslim insurgents on civilian targets this year in Thailand’s troubled southern provinces.
    Since January, a series of shootings and bombings perpetrated by insurgents have claimed more than a dozen lives.
    ‘There is no excuse for indiscriminate or deliberate attacks against civilians,’ said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch. ‘The leaders of separatist insurgent groups need to rethink their tactics, which are abhorrent, illegal, and completely unjustifiable.’
    Thailand’s majority-Muslim southern provinces of Narathiwat, Pattani and Yala have been a hotbed for violence since January 2004, when a long-simmering separatist movement took a more militant turn.
    About 4,370 people have died in the conflict over the past seven years, 90 per cent of them civilians, Human Rights Watch said.
    In December, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said stability was returning to the region after the government introduced a policy of promoting economic development in the long-neglected provinces.
    The claim appears to have sparked a surge in renewed violence.
    On Sunday, a bomb exploded in Yala city, 700 kilometres south of Bangkok, injuring 17 people and destroying an entire block of shops.
    On February 10, three Thais were killed and their bodies burned, on February 3 five Buddhists were shot in Pattani and a roadside bomb killed nine in Yala on January 25.
    ‘Some recent insurgent attacks appear intended to spread terror among the Buddhist Thai population, in violation of the laws of war,’ Human Right Watch said.
    ‘Their aim is to drive out the Buddhist population, keep Muslims under control, and discredit the Thai authorities,’ the human rights group said of the separatist rebels.
    About 80 per cent of the 2 million people living in the three provinces are Muslims, making it the only majority Muslim region in predominantly Buddhist Thailand. An estimated 300,000 Buddhists have left the region since in 2004.
    The region was an independent sultanate until Bangkok conquered it about 200 years ago. The local population, which shares greater cultural, linguistic and religious similarities with neighbouring Malaysia, has never wholly submitted to rule by the central government.

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