The Wadah group is back in the limelight, and that is good news for it, the government and the Pheu Thai Party. But it is not a move for the southern insurgents to necessarily despair about.
The decision by Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung last Tuesday to bring Wadah into his orbit was welcomed by its nine members. The over-confident deputy premier hopes to use those politicians' home-bases in the far South to advise him on how to win the fight against the militants and build more government sympathisers in the strife-torn region.
The move is another step in the offensive by the government after the insurgents were defeated in their raid on a marine base in Bacho district of Narathiwat on the eve of Valentine's Day. The victory boosted the government's confidence and for the first time since violence returned to the southern border provinces on Jan 4, 2004, authorities believe they are no longer the underdog in this calamity.
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