More Than Words Needed on Southern Thailand – thediplomat.com, March 6, 2013
…All this is easier said than done. Civilian leaders may not have the courage to rein in the military, or the political capital to do so if southern Thailand is subordinated to other important issues in the country’s fractious politics, as it has been in the past. It may be difficult for Bangkok to acquiesce to some form of autonomy without questioning the unity and legitimacy of the Thai state. And even if the government does pursue these steps in good faith, it remains to be seen whether the insurgents that matter can transform themselves from fighters into negotiators who eventually lay down their arms…
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