Sunday, April 20, 2008

The Permanent Emergency

Bangkok Reporting

This post is the latest in a series from our Bangkok correspondent, H. Numan. Today’s news story hightlights the ongoing violent Muslim insurgency in the southern part of Thailand.

From The Bangkok Post:

Emergency extended

The cabinet voted on Friday to extend the draconian, three-year-old emergency rule in the deep South, but for the first time the prime minister promised the law “will not continue forever”.

After a cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej said the state of emergency would be extended for three more months effective on Sunday in Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat provinces, where a separatist insurgency is raging.

That will make an even three years that the region has been under the harsh emergency law passed in July, 2005, under then-premier Thaksin Shinawatra.

“We endorsed the extension of emergency rule, which has been extended 10 times,” Mr Samak told reporters after the meeting — extensions totalling 33 months from the original, three-month decree.
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“Emergency rule will not continue forever, because the situation is improving, but as of now we really need it,” he said.

Emergency rule provides security forces broad immunity from prosecution, while giving them sweeping powers of arrest, search and seizure. Suspects can be detained for up to 30 days without charge.

Human rights groups have criticised the decree and say it creates a climate of impunity in the region.

Last month, an imam in military detention died, triggering reports of brutal torture. Police have been investigating, amidst protests by villagers.

Martial law, imposed after the September 2006 coup, will also remain in place in the three southern provinces, Mr Samak said on Thursday while announcing that restrictions would be lifted in the rest of the country.

This was Bangkok reporting,
H. Numan.


ole said...

We should congratulate the Tai government for doing whatever is necesary to fight the muslim insurgency which is threatening the southern part of their country.
Mr Numans reporting seems to be exactly what we HATE to hear from Londonistan ( "human rights groups....." ); so why should we buy it when it's from Tailand or Chechenya ?

Hell_Is_Like_Newark said...

A while back I read a history of the US Army's battle with the Muslim insurgency way back when the Philippines was a US Colony. Attempts at offering aid and 'carrot' approaches failed miserably. The insurgency was only quelled when the Army committed to total war, inflicting horrible casualties on the insurgents. It became a "submit or die" situation... and the insurgents chose the former.

Given the radicalization of the Muslim population (thanks to Saudi money funding Madrasahs) an iron handed approach (kill as many of the enemy as possible, regardless of collateral damage) might be the only answer.

John Sobieski said...

From what I have read, the Thai politicians appear to be as clueless as the White and Eurabia. Don't they get it. There will NEVER be peace until the 'stolen lands' are returned to the caliphate and sharia rules, i.e., the mullahs rule. You know you can ban Islam, just ban it, confiscate all mosques, all madrassahs, all muslim organization assets, tell the Muslims drop it, no Islam. Don't like it, leave. But that is not PC and can't even be considered.