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    S. Thailand the next Afghanistan?

    The Brits are sounding alarm bells ...

    Fears in Thailand about war on Islamist guerrillas escalating

    “There may come a day when the troubles of the south will become the troubles of the region as a whole. And I dare say this, it might become a magnet for people to create havoc from elsewhere,” said Asif Ahmad, British ambassador to Thailand.

    BANGKOK — Diplomats are warning that Thailand’s war against Islamist guerrillas in the south could escalate into an international security crisis similar to those in Afghanistan and Yemen.

    More than 5,000 people, mostly Muslims, have been killed in bombings and gun battles in Thailand’s south since 2004, and the government has spent more than $3.5 billion in a failed effort to quell the insurgency.

    “There may come a day when the troubles of the south will become the troubles of the region as a whole. And I dare say this, it might become a magnet for people to create havoc from elsewhere,” said Asif Ahmad, British ambassador to Thailand.

    “We’ve seen it in Yemen. We’ve seen it in Afghanistan. You cannot be immune.”

    David Lipman, European Union ambassador to Thailand, noted that nearly “two people per day are being killed on average at the moment in south Thailand, so this is obviously very, very worrying.”

    Mr. Lipman said the EU does not “wish to interfere in any way with an internal conflict problem in Thailand, but we would like to interact” with Thai leaders and share experiences in countering terrorism.

    “We have experiences in Northern Ireland, in the Basque country [of Spain]. There are many experiences that we can share,” the EU ambassador said.

    The British and EU ambassadors made the remarks in their opening speeches at a forum, “Roadmap to Deep-South Resolution: Government Concerns and Policy Responses 2011-2014,” at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand on Wednesday.

    Several Thai military and political officials also spoke, describing how Bangkok is searching for ways to quell the violence, address the needs of Thailand’s southern Muslim minority, and improve the impoverished region’s education system, economy and security.

    About 59 percent of the people killed in the southern insurgency have been Muslim, and about 38 percent Buddhist. They include soldiers, religious leaders, teachers, students, workers and others, totaling 5,243 deaths since January 2004, according to official statistics.

    At least 535 people were killed last year in the conflict after 521 died in 2010.

    The Islamist separatists’ hit-and-run war is mostly confined to the three southern provinces of Narathiwat, Pattani and Yala, where Muslims make up 94 percent of the population along Thailand’s mountainous border with Muslim-majority Malaysia.

    The Buddhist kingdom of Thailand annexed the region more than 100 years ago, but a new generation of militants has renewed a decades-long fight for autonomy or an independent nation to be called Pattani.

    Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has been criticized for not doing enough to solve the underlying causes of the violence.

    Minority ethnic Malay-Thai Muslims in the south frequently complain of random killings by poorly disciplined security forces.

    Thailand is a non-NATO ally of the U.S., and the kingdom’s security forces have received some training from the U.S. military.

    Fears in Thailand about war on Islamist guerrillas escalating - Washington Times

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    I think it's gonna get really bad when certain people disappear from the scene.

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    And according to a report tonight - that dreaded event may be looming

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    Quote Originally Posted by cluezo View Post
    And according to a report tonight - that dreaded event may be looming
    Probably wouldn't hurt to post the link?
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    Not here ... no way ... google it.

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    actually the return of a certain person would be much worse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by russellsimpson View Post
    Probably wouldn't hurt to post the link?
    nothing too serious from what i've read:

    Thailands 84-year-old King Bhumibol treated with intravenous antibiotics for abdominal pain - The Washington Post

    By Associated Press, Updated: Sunday, January 15, 6:30 AM BANGKOK — Thailand’s 84-year-old king has been treated with intravenous antibiotics after experiencing abdominal pain.

    The Royal Household Bureau says in a statement that King Bhumipol Adulyadej “experienced some indigestion” Saturday and was breathing faster than normal.

    The statement says that doctors detected pain in his lower left abdomen and that an X-ray showed a digestive condition common in older people, known as diverticulitis. After injecting antibiotics, the king’s breathing returned to normal Sunday and he was able to eat “easily digestible food.”

    Bhumipol entered Bangkok’s Siriraj Hospital in September 2009 with a lung inflammation and has stayed there ever since. The palace has said he is getting physical therapy and nourishment to recover his strength.
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    Quote Originally Posted by markle View Post
    actually the return of a certain person would be much worse.
    I fear that both events may transpire very close to each other - albeit I also think that the returning player will not get to enjoy his victory for long.

    This really, really sucks.

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    The Americans are sounding the alarm bells as well.

    Emergency Message to U.S. Citizens: Possible Terrorist Threat

    January 13, 2012

    This message alerts U.S. citizens in Thailand that foreign terrorists may be currently looking to conduct attacks against tourist areas in Bangkok in the near future. U.S. citizens are urged to exercise caution when visiting public areas where large groups of Western tourists gather in Bangkok.

    Emergency Message to U.S. Citizens | Embassy of the United States Bangkok, Thailand

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patsch View Post
    The Americans are sounding the alarm bells as well.
    Damn white alarmists ... ruining holidays

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    Well I found this little interesting article in my email box this morning. Conspiracy theory perhaps?

    The Thai police's capture of a Lebanese-Swedish Hizballah suspect, who was charged Monday, Jan. 16, thwarted a terrorist attack on Bet Habad in Bangkok, involving the taking of hostages and blowing up the building. It was to have followed the same lines as al Qaeda's 2008 assault on the Mumbai Habad center which killed 8 Israelis and Jews - only more ambitious. The Habad Bangkok is much larger: its hostel has rooms for dozens of lodgers. A second team was to have hit the Khao San Road restaurants popular with Israelis and Americans in a coordinated operation.


    This is the first time Western and Israeli agencies have found evidence of the Lebanese Shiite Hizballah using and training operatives in the same terrorist methods as al Qaeda.

    DEBKAfile, Political Analysis, Espionage, Terrorism, Security


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    Quote Originally Posted by Patsch View Post
    The Habad Bangkok is much larger: its hostel has rooms for dozens of lodgers. A second team was to have hit the Khao San Road restaurants popular with Israelis
    Frankly..i dont think id be too upset.. look at the all the BS israelis cause the world over and the genocide in palestine.
    They reap what they sow

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    Quote Originally Posted by sam862010 View Post
    Frankly..i dont think id be too upset.
    You wouldn't be too upset if Khao San Road got bombed? Have another think about that.
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    i was referrering to the habad bangkok

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    Don't bullshit me, Sam. It's pretty clear what you referred to.

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