Sunday, September 23, 2007

Insurgency in Thailand's Southern Provinces - a traveler's view

In August, a New Mandala reader made a trip to Thailand's insurgency-afflicted deep south. His eyewitness account is worth taking a look at. This traveler concluded:
Both insurgents and the military seem to be everywhere and yet the outside observer can’t tell the villager from the terrorist or the trained soldier from the volunteer militia. It was the confusion and uncertainty of it all - rather than the actual fear of violence that unsettled me the most.
The traveler also has taken a (warning: distressful) video showing military units responding to a roadside killing on the road between Narathiwat and Pattani.