That’s what I’ve been wondering lately.
Here’s today’s BKK post headline from the south:
Insurgents behead old man in South
Extremists in the South have beheaded a 72-year-old Buddhist rice miller in at least the 24th such atrocity since they escalated their insurgency just over three years ago.
Police said the victim apparently was killed in retaliation for a bomb attack on a village tea shop owned by Muslims.
The man’s head was not found and police said they found severe cuts on his fingers, hands and shoulder at his village mill in Pattani province.
“This is revenge for what happened last night in Nakohn Nua,” a message left at the mill said in reference to the village where a bomb exploded that injured no one.
20:54 Feb 08, 2007
You know, in America there would be some serious effort to get this resolved… unfortunately in America we have so much beauracracy (sp?) to go through to get it done, BUT, if it was happening in the south of Florida for instance, Jeb Bush would be there everyday trying to do something. He’d HAVE TO. Here though, the Thai junta and the government before it ignored it. They made small efforts that were more to appease the complaints, but really they’re doing nothing effectively.
Here’s a quick plan that I think would work. You might call it racist, you might call it insensitive… I’m not concerned with all that – just making a plan work to resolve the insanity down there because it’s already out of control and spread too deep to do anything diplomatically.
1. Offer to give the Muslims an area of land where they can exist as a private group, nation, whatever they wish to call themselves.
2. Cut them off from everything Thailand can off them – electricity, goods, etc. Let Malaysia take care of them since Malaysia is Muslim and Thailand is not.
3. Forget about them. If others in Thailand want to move there – let them. Revoke their citizenship and make them become citizens of their new country.
4. Even offer them money to GO. Give each adult 30,000 baht to setup up in their new country and to move their possessions, sell their homes, whatever they need to do. When they LEAVE the country, and move, they can have 30,000 baht and be left to do what they want to do.
Thailand cannot make everyone happy it is much beyond that. The group that wants a separate nation can have it. Once they move Thailand can reinforce the border – built the great wall of Thailand and forbid travel across the line into Malaysia. Who needs Malaysia anyway? Let Malaysia align with Indonesia and other Muslim countries that we don’t care about or need to care about.
Everyone go on existing in their own worlds without benefit of a peaceful-coexistence, because it is impossible and not worth trying for.
Solve this in whatever way necessary, and move on to other things.
To see old Buddhist rice farmers get beheaded or monks beheaded or women elementary teachers shot or sliced open… is really too much isn’t it?
Yes, there are atrocities committed by Thais against these groups too – absolutely… let’s start a new chapter though and separate the groups – give part of what they want – negotiate everything out – and forget them and move on.
It’s so ridiculous to continue this.
If they don’t want to voluntarily take the land that is offered – then Thailand simply takes EVERY MUSLIM that they can find – and it wouldn’t be that hard to find them – Buddhists don’t pray 6 times per day… and forcibly TAKE THEM TO THE NEW LAND AND DROP THEM OFF.
See, Thailand can do things like this – we’re not entirely civilized here and governed by thick layers of law that must be adhered to. Some things are just taken care of old-west style.
I say, for this situation be tough, offer them an out, and if they don’t take it – move them out.