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FoolishMoon Donating Member (12 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-29-04 04:25 AM
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1. Yikes
I've lived in Thailand for over a year now, and am leaving next week. It's a bit scary. But I have learned to take anything PM Thaksin says with a grain of salt. He often shoots his mouth off. And he declared victory in the War on Drugs, after 2,000 or so folks were killed (many by Thai police.) So yes, there is a long-standing movement in the South of Thailand, where the majority are Muslims (in a country that is 95% Buddhist)who don't speak Thai, but a dialect of Malay. Take a look at a map of Thailand--that long strip of land in the south, running alongside Malysia--another example of map-making that fails to take into account the people living there. I fear things will get worse before they get better. How long before the violence comes north to Bangkok, a city of millions?
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