Thai Cluedo

The following analysis by H. Numan is an extension of his earlier report on the recent terror attacks on tourist resorts in Thailand.

Thai Cluedo
by H. Numan

Last Friday Thailand was rudely awoken by a series of bombs and arson attacks. Nobody knows — as yet — who is behind it. The military government thinks the red shirts are behind it. Just about everybody else doesn’t. Most people tend to look to the deep south of Thailand and think the southern insurgents are behind it. So do I. The attacks are typical for southern insurgents: small explosive devices, arson, motorbikes rigged with explosives and no public claim of responsibility. The police recovered parts of the mobile telephones used to detonate the bombs, and they are all Samsung Hero mobiles bought in Malaysia. The only thing that is odd is that the attacks happened outside their normal area of operation in the deep south.

At the top we see a rift appearing between the police and the army. Officially the police lead the investigation, but in reality the army does. The police are far from happy, and made several statements indicating they are furious. One police general went as far as to say that he has considered turning over the whole case to the military and letting them figure it out.

Since 2014 we have had a military government, and one of the first things the generals did was to grant the army a lot of special privileges. For example, they can arrest people, try them in a military court, and keep them for interrogation for seven days without a warrant and without informing the civil authorities (=the police). Which is exactly what they are happily doing right now. Yesterday a bunch of red shirt leaders were arrested, seventeen altogether. All of them are over 50 years old, nine of them between 60 and 70. The army doesn’t have to say where they are incarcerated, and they don’t. This announcement came as a rude surprise to the police.

Before that, the local police in the south asked for an arrest warrant, got it, and wanted to arrest a man working on an oil rig in the Gulf of Thailand. Sure, no problem, said the local army commander. Bring a few cops, we’ll fly you in. The police made the arrest, the chopper flew back, but … landed at an army base, where the military took the man into their custody. Not surprisingly, the police were a bit miffed about that. To rub salt(peter) into the wound, the military announced after the police publicly said they weren’t happy: “We wouldn’t have arrested this chap if the police hadn’t asked for his arrest. Once they arrested him, we merely took over. Why the sad faces? We only follow orders from civil authorities.”

Today for the first time I read in the papers the southern insurgents are behind it. I’m not sure whether this comes from the government or from journalists. It’s possible that a spokesman said ‘we think someone is behind it’ which was reported by a journalist as ‘we think the southerners are behind it’. No matter, it is a first. It is reported in a matter-of-fact manner. As if the government from the beginning had said the southern insurgents were behind the attacks. No big headlines of ‘government now accuses southern insurgents’. So far, the government has no idea who is behind it, but they still don’t think it has anything to do with the south.

This is Thailand, and not the West. So forget any notions you have about an impartial military just doing their patriotic duty. Or police selfishly protecting the people from evil. Both have their own agendas. For example, the army owns national radio and TV stations, a bank (TMB or Thai Military Bank) and a lot more. So do the police. The military tends to be more involved in legitimate businesses and real estate, the police in less lubricious affairs. Hence they have a much more negative reputation.

I fully understand the military’s point of view. If they admit the southern insurgents are behind it, they’re admitting they can’t handle the problem at all and haven’t done anything useful the last fifteen years. There isn’t a revolt down south, because the army completely ignores any insurgent movement at all. There is just unrest created by people.

Another point to ponder is that the red shirts are temporarily finished as an important political force, but that doesn’t say anything at all. The army is looking into the near future and wants the red shirts to be powerless then as well. So what better way to solve your nasty little southern problem and get rid of that other nasty little red shirt problem at the same time? The red shirts aren’t involved? Who cares?

Being utterly ignored, according to academia, might very well be the reason behind the attacks. The acadhimmia of Thailand think the southern insurgents are behind it, and want to force the army to acknowledge their existence by doing something. They suspect the BNR-C group is behind it, as they are the only group capable of that kind of widespread action currently. I write “acadhimmia”, because what they basically say is ‘let the government acknowledge them, quickly surrender, and be over and done with. The poor oppressed southern muslims cannot be blamed as they are the real victims.’ The usual ivory tower stuff and political blah-blah we hear far too often in those circles. I’m a bit surprised to see the intellectual rot infiltrated here as well. Intellectuals in Thailand are usually much more conservative in their opinions.

At the moment we’re playing Cluedo in Thai. We know it wasn’t Mrs. Nokyung (Peacock) with poison, it wasn’t colonel Masstart (Mustard) with a candlestick in the kitchen. There is a very strong suspicion the southern insurgents have done it, and that suspicion is growing.

That could mean a lot of trouble in the future. Thailand is 94% Buddhist, 4% mohammedan, 1% Christian and 1% something else. Almost all of those mohammedans live in the three southern most border provinces, and in a few areas in Bangkok. Nowhere else. If they start targeting outside their normal areas of operation and specifically on tourism, we’re in for some fun. Just image what Europe and America can expect: both have much higher percentages of mohammedans within their national borders.

— H. Numan

16 thoughts on “Thai Cluedo

  1. A fair assessment of what is happening. There are islamic enclaves elsewhere in Thailand. We have a sizable collection in Chiang Mai and in Pai, while they are visible in places like Pattaya where there are a number of Mosques that can be heard at (in)appropriate times of the day and night and in Ko Pha Ngan. A fair number of mosques can also be seen from the motorway between Ayuthaya and Bangkok.

    My wife’s family are from the South and they are unanimous in their view that the bombs were exploded by the Red Shirts (who they hate). They would travel to Bangkok every week to join in the demonstrations against Yingluk’s government and they support the military however incompetent they prove to be. They also hate the police but this is understandable. They consider the police to be corrupt to a man.

    Seven years ago, one of my brothers in law was murdered and, while the perpetrator was subsequently imprisoned for another murder, the police were bribed to stall their investigation of my brother in law’s case. Had they done their duty, the other murdered man might still be alive today.

    There is a high level of corruption in Thailand (not so much as there is in India, Pakistan or Bangladesh) and it would not surprise me in the future if someone sold out to the muslims. In the meantime, I maintain that the bombs were placed by muslims much to the chagrin of my in laws – even my wife who lived with me in London for the first seven years of our marriage and really should know better.

  2. I think the Thai military know very well the attacks were carried out by Southern based muslim separatists but just don’t want to admit it.

    Reported in the Bangkok post was this; “The bombs used in the Phuket, Phangnga and Surat Thani attacks were related and similar to those found in insurgent attacks in the deep South,” said Pol Lt Gen Suchart Theerasawat, assistant national…”

    According to the Malaysian Bernama news agency, Thai security forces are seeking Malaysian cooperation in investigating the series of bombings. Two unexploded bombs were found and defused last Sunday and had attached Malaysian made phones.

    Seems clear as mud.

    • Yes, though using the “Malaysian made phones” bit actually makes the case worse. Lots of phones are made in Malaysia. That particular point means nothing.

  3. “the police tends to be more involved in less lubricious affairs”


    As for the perps, I strongly suspected it was them “southerns” from the Git-Go. Aren’t these provinces called the PAS provinces?

  4. Two corrections: Some countries in Europe have a higher percentage of Muslims than 4%, some, like France, much higher. But America certainly does not.

    You wrote “selfishly” in connection with the police when you meant “selflessly”: “Or police selfishly protecting the people from evil.”

    • The latter. It slipped through the spelling Czechs of the Baron and me.

      It is widespread assumed (with good reasons, mind you) the police is heavily involved in drugs selling and prostitution. Not in person, mostly, but behind the scenes. Without their permission there wouldn’t be prostitution or drugs trading.

      As for corruption: two weeks ago a police officer offered his colleague promotion to a higher rank for Bt 700.000. When he failed to deliver, the not promoted officer filed an official complaint with his superior. Both are now suspended for corruption. More like for spilling the beans, is the general opinion.

      A few days later the owner of a karaoke bar was blackmailed into paying a large bribe. If she didn’t pay, the officers would arrest her for running under-age prostitutes. She refused, and only because she knew the commissioner personally she could get off the hook.

      Both cases were prominently in the national news for days, before the bomb attacks.

    • I don’t think that Political Correctness is as prevalent in Thailand.
      I’ve never been to the place, so this is just a guess.

      I could thus imagine a more “muscular” reaction, is all.

    • You are correct, I should have written ‘mostly’ or ‘mainly’.

      I see more girls with head scarves in Bangkok on the streets, if I compare this with 1994, when I moved into Thailand. Significantly more.

      • True. We drove through Nana the week before last. It was like the North West Frontier Province with veiled women, hairy faced men and the all pervading stink of kebabs.

        • Nana is an exception, even in Bangkok. That area is very low class (by Thai standards, as compared to Patpong and other entertainment areas) and caters almost exclusively for Arab and African clientèle. You get a lot of bang(ing) for your buck here.

          Right now is the rainy season, and that’s the time of the year the Arabs dismount their camels to mount something else, while their wifes mount his credit card in the gold shops.

          • I like the rainy season. It has a cleansing effect.

            I guess anywhere that has a concentration of arabs will have cultural and hygiene problems. Apart from Chiang Mai where there are tourists, we don’t get muslims here.

        • Hey, I like kebabs.

          I’m not too fond of the religion of most kebab-eaters, but I’m not going to throw the baby out with the bathwater on the kebabs.

          • Mike, I used to live in Earls Court. The smell of kebabs gets inside you. It really is all pervading there.

          • I noted that Thailand like other Asian countries do peddle a lot of halal “certified” food for exports as well as on their shelves. I also find that Thailand like many other Asian countries are more interested in (?short term) economic gain from pandering to Islamics and they one wonders why they even have problems with Islamic terrorists.
            I also don’t like the fact that in their quest to gain more profit from their halal “certified” sales, they are forcing us nonbelievers to eat halal ‘certified” food out of no choice, eg in their train.

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