This kind of thing makes me think sometimes that the whole Muslim culture is sick and twisted. I know better, and do understand that there are some in this world who are just evil but geez:
BANGKOK – Suspected Islamist insurgents avoided capture after torturing to death two Thai marines by beating and stabbing the bound-and-gagged victims behind a human shield of defiant Muslim women and children, horrifying the government and plunging southern Thailand into a fresh security crisis.
Amid the world’s most violent Islamist insurgency outside Iraq, angry and confused security forces hunted the elusive killers, described as three or four young men who ran away, leaving the marines’ bloodied bodies in Tanyong Limo village.
“They were brutally beaten to death with machetes and sticks, while their hands and legs were tied up, and they were gagged and blindfolded,” Lieutenant General Kwanchart Klaharn, commander of the Fourth Army and director of the Southern Border Provinces Peace-building Command, told reporters.
…”If I could, I would drop napalm bombs all over that village,” a distraught Captain Traikwan Krairiksh was quoted in the Bangkok Post as saying after he viewed the bodies of his former subordinates in a pool of blood. “But the fact is, I can never do that. We are soldiers. We must follow the law. We can only take revenge by using the law.”
Throughout the stand-off, scores of shouting Muslim women dressed in traditional headscarves stood with children, blocking troops from gaining access to the hostages, and erecting banners that blamed the authorities, including one in Thai that read: “You are in fact the terrorists.”
Apparently hoping for a peaceful solution, troops did not attempt a forced rescue. The two experienced marines, armed with a US-supplied M-16 assault rifle and two pistols, were initially captured on Tuesday night when they stopped their vehicle near the village.
Locals blamed them for the drive-by shooting death of two men dining at a nearby tea shop earlier in the night, but authorities later explained that the marines were pursuing the unidentified killers and were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.
More than 1,000 people on all sides have died in southern Thailand since January 4, 2004 when the smoldering rebellion flared in a so-called “night of the fires” attack on security forces, including synchronized arson assaults on 21 schools and a massive raid on a military base that netted the rebels hundreds of guns and heavy weapons.
Today, about 100 years after Thailand annexed the mostly ethnic Malay Muslim region, “mujahideen” holy warriors yearn for a separate state ruled by Islamic sharia law in a lush, tropical region where Islamists are waging similar insurgencies in the Philippines, Indonesia and elsewhere.
No one is sure who leads the increasingly sophisticated, disciplined and successful Muslim fighters in southern Thailand. The government blames indigenous rebel groups, allied with local Islamic schools, that are inspired by wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and by Osama bin Laden’s call to force non-believers from Muslim territories.
…Scores of Thai Muslim men are believed to have undergone guerrilla training or religious study in Afghanistan before the Taliban’s collapse in 2001, and many returned to southern Thailand shunning the region’s popular Sunni Islam – demanding instead the austere, retro-justice of Islam’s Wahhabi sect, pushed by Saudi Arabia and Osama bin Laden.
This is what they are teaching their children, how to torture and kill their countries soldiers. Another example of Michael Moores Freedom Fighters I suppose.