View Full Version : Bounty Hunting in Thailand

06-13-2006, 12:06 AM
H/T to MilBlogs (http://www.mudvillegazette.com/milblogs/) for the pointer to this Grim's Hall blog post - Bounty Hunting (http://grimbeorn.blogspot.com/2006_06_01_grimbeorn_archive.html#1150113181613195 31).

Thailand has an interesting new counterinsurgency strategy it is considering: pay civilians to shoot insurgents (http://www.bangkokpost.com/080606_News/08Jun2006_news06.php).

As you read the article, it will help to know that Pattani is one of four Muslim-majority provinces in the south of Thailand, which are experiencing a bloody insurgency. Like most such things, this insurgency has mainly directed its violence at the defenseless -- monks, schoolteachers, immigrant workers from even poorer countries than Thailand -- though insurgents have demonstrated a capacity for fighting off the Thai military and police on occasion. Thailand, whcih has strict gun control, began arming teachers some time ago, and certain trusted citizens. Police General Chitchai Wannasathit, in addition to being Justice Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, was recently the acting Prime Minister -- in other words, a very important man. General Sonthi is the chief of Thailand's army, also a very important man, and the first Muslim to occupy that position. It was hoped his appointment would 'win hearts and minds' among the southern insurgents, but it has not: he is a Muslim, but an ethnic Thai, whereas the insurgents are Muslims but ethnic Malays...