The deeply disturbing video leaked on to the internet from the deep South raises many questions about what is happening in the struggle with the country's most serious security problem. Tens of thousands of people in Thailand and worldwide have watched the video on various media. Authorities must explain how such graphic images of the planned ambush, murders and looting of bodies were released. But the public must know what the government and its security forces intend to do about the ruthless lawlessness exposed so blatantly.
It was exactly a week ago that the military was once again congratulating itself on alleged progress in the South. Army commander Prayuth Chan-ocha, after a lightning visit to the region, claimed his soldiers were making advances. He expected attacks during Ramadan. Effective tactics by the military had forced the gangs in the South to change their tactics, and resort to car bombs instead of hit-and-run attacks.
During the week after those remarks, the anti-government forces violently increased their attacks. Ten soldiers and policemen were killed. Nine innocent and unarmed civilians were targetted, hunted, shot and killed. Entirely contrary to Gen Prayuth's confident assertion, all were killed in old-style ambushes and roadside bombs that the army commander claimed were no longer effective.
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