Chavalit's new book
- August 5, 2005
The Post has a straight review of the book's points.
The Nation has an extremely skeptical analysis...
security system worked better, says Chavalit - Bangkok
Post, August 4, 2005
...He says selfish politicians were behind many of
the violent incidents, including the torching of schools.
Their intention was to destroy their opponents and protect
illegal businesses of their political canvassers.
The arson attacks on many occasions, especially those
in 1993, were intended to draw budget allocations to the
The burning of 20 schools in Narathiwat on Jan 4 last
year was designed to discredit politicians such as former
interior minister Wan Muhamad Nor Matha and Pattani Senator
Chavalit's 'last word' on South
- The Nation, August 4, 2005
..."I said at the time that gunfire will erupt
in the South once again," he says.
The fact of the matter is that he omits to mention that
he was the deputy premier giving the green light to the
proposed abolition before the Cabinet.
His book relies on a vast number of intelligence reports,
allegedly prepared by the National Intelligence Agency,
Special Branch Police and the United States Central Intelligence
The reports were collated in a confusing manner to support
Chavalit's views rather than to shed light on the subject...
He asserts that both incidents were meant to erode the
political clout of his ally and Wadah faction leader Wan
Muhamad Noor Matha.
In his opinion, the southern terrorism boils down to a
simple fight for control over constituencies in the region...
He has compiled several wild theories on the southern
violence even though he does not root for any specific
After giving a bird's eye view of the southern strife,
he concludes that "In my heart, I believe southern
security is a non-issue"...