OT- 85 Killed in Thailand Gunbattles

US OUT OF THAILAND NOW!! Its ALLLLLLL Bush's fault! Its ALLLLLLL about the oil! Islam is a peaceful religion!

85 Killed in Thailand Gunbattles > >BANGKOK, Thailand (April 28) - Suspected Islamic militants clashed with police >in Thailand Wednesday, leaving at least 85 people dead in the heaviest fighting >yet in the troubled Muslim-dominated south, officials said. > > > >A man lies dead after shootout with police in this image from video. >(AP/TV5/APTN) > >The clashes erupted after machete-wielding militants launched simultaneous >attacks on police bases and checkpoints in several districts of Yala and >Pattani provinces, said Yala Gov. Boonyasit Suwanarat. > >He told reporters that most of the dead were young men attempting to rob >weapons from police and army bases. > >It was the worst fighting so far in the south, where almost daily attacks by >gunmen have left nearly 150 people dead this year. > >Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said the Wednesday raids were linked to a >Jan. 4 attack on a military camp in nearby Narathiwat province, which triggered >an upsurge of violence in the area. > >''The way they dressed and carried out the operation has shown that they are >linked to the group that raided the army camp earlier this year,'' he said. >''Most of the insurgents are youths from the southern provinces. Their acts are >not linked with international terrorists.'' > >He said the attackers' ''intention was to rob guns from defense volunteers and >district offices, but our troops were well prepared for that.'' > >A regional police commander says at least 85 people have been killed in the >clashes. Thaksin had said earlier that at least 74 insurgents have been killed, >with four wounded and one arrested. Nine police officers were hurt and several >were killed. > >Television news reports showed the bodies of insurgents lying in pools of >blood, some of them with machetes clasped in their hands. Gunfire could be >heard in the background as armored personnel carriers drove down the streets of >Yala and commandos ran through the woods. > >Most of the casualties appear to have happened in Yala province. > >Pattani police chief Maj. Gen. Paitoon Pattanasophon told The Associated Press >by telephone that clashes took place in at least five places in Pattani >province. The fighting raged for more than three hours after the first shooting >began at 5 a.m. > >One gunbattle was fought around a mosque in Kruesei district of Pattani where >the militants were holed up, he said. > >Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat are the only Muslim majority provinces in >predominantly Buddhist Thailand. Muslims there have long complained of >discrimination in jobs and education. > >They also say their culture and language are being subjugated by the Buddhist >Thais, and cite as an example the state schools, which teach in Thai language. >Muslims in the south speak Yawi, a dialect of Malay, spoken in the neighboring >Malaysia. > >The central government policies have been the source of a decades old >separatist struggle, which subsided after an amnesty in the late 1980s, but >exploded again this year with the Jan. 4 raid on an army arsenal and the >torching of 21 schools. Four soldiers were killed in the arsenal attack. > >AP-NY-04-28-04 0340EDT > > >04/27/04 22:30 EDT > >Copyright 2004 The Associated Press.

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No 220-pound thug can threaten the well-being or dignity of a 110-pound woman who has two pounds of iron to even things out. Is that evil? Is that wrong? People who object to weapons aren't abolishing violence, they're begging for the rule of brute force, when the biggest, strongest animals among men were always automatically "right". Guns end that, and social democracy is a hollow farce without an armed populace to make it work. - L. Neil Smith

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only 85 killed!...........not really comparable to the one million plus killed in Iraq as a direct result of us sponsored sanctions, and direct aggression is it?


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dead head

On Wed, 28 Apr 2004 17:08:33 +0000 (UTC), "dead head" vaguely proposed a theory ......and in reply I say!: remove ns from my header address to reply via email

More self-justifiyng sophist crap! He can if _he_ has a gun, especially a 15 pound automatic....

I suppose there is no way to know, but what proportion of guns are used for _offense_ compared to _defence_? I realise that even the terms are hard to define. But I willing to bet that the score is at least even, and I head toward offence, in that more guns have been pointed at people by _far_ in order to initiate conflict than have been used to stop it.

In civilian situations, certainly. In war? Not so sure. But actually I am not so sure that the sort of guns being advocated as "free issue" make much difference in wars any more.

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Old Nick

It was actually more than 120 killed. The police were tipped off and waiting for them with automatic weapons. THere are all varieties of moslems. This group is a small moslem fundamentalist rebel group that the Tia government has been fighting for 10+ years.

Fundamentalism > US OUT OF THAILAND NOW!!

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Glenn Ashmore

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