WaPo says handling of Rohingya exposes new Thai premier as rightwinger

Until this whole issue blew up in the last couple of weeks, I bet the Washington Post had never even heard of the Rohingya Muslims.   Now, the recent controversy over Thailand’s handling of the Rohingya boat-men-illegal-aliens has the WaPo declaring Premier Abhisit Vejjajiva is a patsy of the rightwing military.

Now, I don’t know enough about Thai politics so I shouldn’t be wading in here, and I am not defending any abuse of illegal aliens, but I do believe a country has the right and duty to its own citizens to control illegal entry into the country.  Is it considered ‘right wing’ (with the implication that right wing is BAD) to protect your people from an expanding and demanding Muslim insurgency?  The flip side, according to the WaPo’s view of the world, is that leftwingers would open the doors to the country because they are NICE people.

In a nutshell, everyone dances around the real issue—Muslim immigration and dominance.  By the way, today the Burmese (Myanmar) government declared that the Rohingya Muslims are not their citizens.  They insist they are a Buddhist country.  Bottomline, everyone is afraid of what an expanding Muslim population will do to their countries.   They fear that the Rohingya Muslims will not assimilate and will ultimately demand an Islamic government—immigration is a key element in Islamic doctrine.   But no one says it, especially not the Washington Post.

BANGKOK — When Abhisit Vejjajiva became Thailand’s prime minister last month, he promised to bridge the country’s deep political divisions, but recent challenges have seen his administration move sharply to the right.

Abhisit’s unquestioning support for the Thai military in the face of allegations that it recently towed hundreds of Burmese refugees out to sea on engineless barges and left them there with little food or water has convinced many people that the new leader’s reformist agenda has been compromised. More than 500 refugees, all members of the Rohingya ethnic minority, reportedly died.

Political analysts say the government is paying the price for a Faustian bargain it made to get into power: It finds itself in thrall to an invigorated military, and its continued ability to run the country is dependent on placating the far-right groups that occupied Thailand’s two main airports last year, with catastrophic economic consequences.

The Rohingya have been agitating for years to be resettled in the west.  These boat men are economic migrants (illegal aliens) yet the WaPo, in characterizing them as “refugees,” is thus helping set in motion demands that we take them to a town near you.

To the Washington Post, it’s a simple story—poor refugees abused by the bad military and the bad (rightwing) government.   This is the type of story template that caused me to cancel my decades-long subscription to the Washington Post.

For everything you ever wanted to know about the Rohingya go to our category Rohingya Reports here.

Reuters: al Shabaab suffers a setback

It’s probably only a small one, but Reuters is reporting the Islamic extremist group allegedly comprised now of some home boys (you know the Somali former refugees disappearing from American cities) has been routed in one town in Somalia.

I’ve said before we are not going to get deeply enmeshed in the never-ending slaughter in Somalia except occasionally when al Shabaab (throw the west into hell) is mentioned since its forces now include American Somalis.

A moderate Sunni group captured a central trading town on Thursday from the hardline al Shabaab group that seized the seat of parliament in Baidoa this week and has vowed to impose its strict version of Islamic law throughout Somalia.

Fighters from government-allied Ahla Sunna Waljamaca attacked Dusamareb in the morning, ousting their rivals after several hours of gunfire and mortar exchanges, witnesses said.

“Dusamareb is now in our hands and we are still chasing al Shabaab in the outskirts of town,” Ahla Sunna spokesman Sheikh Abdullahi Sheikh Abu Yusuf told Reuters.

If anyone sees a new story about the US burying another Somali terrorist, send it our way.  Perhaps even more sensational would be any news of the US State Department helping secure the release of American citizen Somali terrorists captured in the fighting.