MoonDawg's Den: Civil War?

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Thursday, March 01, 2007

Civil War?

It seems we could be at a turning point here, given that the country's weak and unstable central government is under intense public pressure because of mounting terrorist attacks by Muslim insurgents. Large areas of the country are becoming a breeding ground for terrorists as the attacks grow bolder, with police officers as well as army troops regularly targeted by roadside bombs.

Thousands of civilians have been killed or wounded by the Islamic militants since the insurgency began (and some of their victims have been beheaded), with the terrorists demonstrating increasingly sophisticated organization in conducting coordinated simultaneous attacks. Car bombings, such as the one pictured here from Sept. '06, indiscriminantly maim locals and foreigners alike. In addition, international Jihadists linked to al-Qaeda are helping the insurgents carry out these terror attacks.

A majority of the local Muslim population does not support this terrorism, but fear of reprisals by the insurgents prevents them from assisting authorities. Meanwhile sectarian clashes grow increasingly violent, leading to concerns that the nation will become embroiled in an all-out civil war.

Oh, by the way, the country in question is not Iraq - it's Thailand.

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4 Comments:

  • Thanks, Moondawg. One more thing to worriedly scan headlines about. :)

    So, do you not think that Iraq is on the verge of civil war, like so many recent celebrity politicians have inferred?

    What is your argument?

    By Blogger NoSurfGirl, At 12:30 AM, March 05, 2007  

  • Heya nosurf - you must not have read my post all the way through: the country where all this stuff is happening is Thailand, not Iraq.

    But the situation in Thailand sounds very similiar to that of Iraq, doesn't it? Which was my whole point - the Jihadists are using many of the same tactics in Thailand (and in the Philippines, in Indonesia, and elsewhere.

    This is a global struggle being waged on many fronts. The radical Islamists understand this, even if many in the West do not.

    By Blogger Garry, At 10:54 AM, March 05, 2007  

  • I did read it--

    but I was wondering what you thought about iraq. :)

    By Blogger NoSurfGirl, At 8:26 PM, March 07, 2007  

  • Ah - well, as in Thailand, there is indeed a type of civil war in Iraq: between those who want a stable, democratic government, and those who want an oppresive Islamist theocracy. The former uses ballots, the latter uses blood.

    By Blogger Garry, At 12:35 PM, March 09, 2007  

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