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One Night in Bangkok: Update

After launching a coup, the army installed a Muslim as Thailand's acting prime minister, and he wants to negotiate with the radical Islamists who are causing so many problems in the southern part of the country:

Thaksin recently alienated a segment of the military by claiming senior officers had tried to assassinate him in a failed bombing attempt. He also attempted to remove officers loyal to Sondhi from key positions.

Sondhi, who is known to be close to Thailand's revered constitutional monarch, will serve as acting prime minister, army spokesman Col. Akarat Chitroj said. Sondhi, well-regarded within the military, is a Muslim in this Buddhist-dominated nation.

Sondhi, 59, was selected last year to head the army partly because it was felt he could better deal with the Muslim insurgency in southern Thailand, where 1,700 people have been killed since 2004. Recently, Sondhi urged negotiations with the separatists in contrast to Thaksin's hard-fisted approach. Many analysts have said that with Thaksin in power, peace in the south was unlikely.

Again, Australian government officials call it as they see it:

The U.S. State Department said it was uneasy about the military takeover and hopes political differences can be resolved through democratic principles. "We are monitoring the situation with concern," a statement said. "We continue to hope that the Thai people will resolve their political differences in accord with democratic principles and the rule of law."

Australia used stronger language, saying it was concerned to see democracy "destroyed."

"We deeply regret the fact that such a coup has taken place; obviously to see democracy destroyed in that way is a matter for grave concern to us," Foreign Minister Alexander Downer told Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio by telephone from New York.

Hat tip: LGF


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Comments (6)

Does that mean another peac... (Below threshold)

Does that mean another peace loving country that has never threatened anyone has been taken over by the religion of peace, by force? The people of Thailand had better turn more violent than the Islamofascist and start slitting throats now or they will end up in slavery.

Coming soon to Thailand. S... (Below threshold)
Bob Jones:

Coming soon to Thailand. Sharia law. The Germans should be up in arms over this. They are going to miss their sex vacations.

It's a good thing Islam doe... (Below threshold)

It's a good thing Islam doesn't want to conquer anything, I suppose.

Can we send Condi to the Do... (Below threshold)

Can we send Condi to the Downer school of straight-talking diplomacy? Either that, or can we have Bolton and Rice trade seats, please?!?

I used to love Condoleeza Rice, but she has apparently been brainwashed into working for the bureaucrats that are supposed to be working for her.

Snap out of it Condi!

"So, is this General who st... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

"So, is this General who staged the coup a Muslim?

Posted by: Les Nessman at September 19, 2006 06:48 PM"

Gosh, how did I ever guess that one?

Thai politics are fundament... (Below threshold)
Angry Fat Cat:

Thai politics are fundamentally more complex than this brief article could ever explain. This has little if anything to do with Sondhi's faith. It has everything to do with a corrupt TRT government.






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