Thai teachers fire back

In three Muslim-majority provinces of Thailand, Buddhist teachers are coming under attack from Islamic terrorists. So teachers are getting their own guns to defend themselves and their students. In July, a teacher was murdered at his blackboard as his 4th graders watched; a Buddhist art teacher was clubbed by a village mob in May.

Teachers may be targets, officials say, because they are symbols of the central government’s authority, or be taken hostage to be traded for captured insurgents, or because the militants want to do away with secular schools, sending the message that only Islamic schools — which have been spared violence — are safe.

“Nearly 300 schools and teachers have been targeted — mostly arson, bomb attacks and shooting at guarded teacher convoys going to and from school” in southern Thailand. One elementary school principal in a weapons training class says she owns shotguns but wants a revolver so she can drive with one hand and shoot with the other.

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  1. Walter E. Wallis says:

    In any conversation, it is better if both parties speak the same language.
    It is time for some Mosques and Islamic schools to start blowing up. Only a fool allows an enemy to hit him with his own rules.

  2. tit-for-tat’s hardly necessary. A few well-publicized instances of successful defense and the attraction goes right out of attacking schools/teachers. These guys aren’t looking for pitched battles and they certainly aren’t looking to be made fools of by their targets.

    A couple of soldiers of Allah get perforated by some infidels and they’ll fall back to bomb-planting, mostly in their own areas if history’s any guide.

  3. Walter E. Wallis says:

    Not tit for tat – 10 tits for tat, or better. Only until the halbstarks on the other side get the idea that they did not invent violence.

  4. Wayne Martin says:

    Thailand’s Buddhist government is under attack by Islamic forces. The mainstream media isn’t paying much attention, but one day we may find the US having to commit military resources to keep this government from falling to the Islamics.

    Arming/training the teachers to protect themselves makes a lot of sense, particularly in the rural areas where these attacks occur with some regularity.

  5. Walter E. Wallis says:

    There is always my Pink Pistol policy. Give every girl a pink pistol at puberty and instructions on how to use it. Make it both a crime and a point of ridicule for any man to posess a pink pistol and allow women to shoot anyone threatening them.
    Give all the men a smiley face badge.

  6. What a great thing it is that Thai Buddhists are readying themselves to defend their charges from the scourge of Islam, or what we here in the West call, “a religion of peace.” Apparently the Thais haven’t been brainwashed by Western pacifist thinking, which spawns such idiotic slogans as, “Violence never solves anything.” Fighting terrorism means we must speak the language of the terrorists, and that language is the language of force and violence. The Thais are not stupid.

  7. Indigo Warrior says:

    Thai Buddhists have not been criminalized by their own governments for active self-defense.

  8. Wayne Martin says:

    After the Pope’s run-in with “Islam”:

    The Pope must die, says Muslim

    A notorious Muslim extremist told a demonstration in London yesterday that the Pope should face execution.

    Anjem Choudary said those who insulted Islam would be “subject to capital punishment”.

    maybe he will start packing a little “heat” just like the Thai teachers?

  9. Wayne Martin says:

    Arm the teachers, and see what happens next:

    Thai commander takes over after coup

    By GRANT PECK, Associated Press Writer 11 minutes ago

    BANGKOK, Thailand – Thailand’s army commmander ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra in a military coup Tuesday night while the prime minister was in New York, circling his offices with tanks, declaring martial law and revoking the constitution.