26 May '12, 9am

THAILAND: The Impossible Dreams - Strategy Page

May 26, 2012: The government is trying to speed up pacification efforts in the Moslem south. This is not easily done, as the main problem there is low economic development and the resulting poverty. Even before the current Islamic terrorist activity began eight years ago, widespread criminal gang activity down there discouraged major economic development. Since 2004, there have been over 11,000 terrorist incidents, causing some 14,000 casualties (about 40 percent of them fatal). This makes it difficult to attract new business development and the local gangs (which helped the Islamic radical groups get going) want to keep it that way. The Islamic terrorism is mostly directed at the non-Moslem (mostly ethnic Thais) in the south, and 400 secular schools. Some 6,000 soldiers are assigned to protect these schools and the teachers (most of them non-Moslem). The Islamic radical g...

Full article: http://www.strategypage.com/qnd/thai/articles/20120526.aspx

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