South : “massive” robbery of explosives and weapons

An investigation into massive losses of weapons and explosives stolen from an arms depot of a military camp in the southern province of Phatthalung is underway, according to Panitan Wattanayagorn, acting government spokesman.

The incident was reported to police and concerned officials last Thursday, said Dr Panitan, adding that investigators were checking whether the stolen weapons and explosives were secretly transported within the insurgency-affected southern provinces or to Bangkok where anti-government protesters from the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) plan to hold a mass demonstration next Sunday aimed at ousting the government. (TNA)

They call that an “incident” ? ! Massive theft ? What about massive incompetence.

And massive stupidity ?

Informed sources claim about 6,000 assault rifles and a large amount of explosives were taken from Engineering Regiment 401, part of the Fourth Army Region, in Phatthalung Province, and the theft was only discovered on Tuesday.

Mr. Panitan said the investigation was focusing on the possibility the theft was “an inside job” and that since the loss, security at other army weapons warehouses, especially in Bangkok, has been tightened.

6 000 rifles ? Why not 450 missiles, 36 helicopters and 3 nuclear submarines ? I mean… a “possibility of an inside job“… Panitan is a sure winner… It would be hilarious if It wasn’t tragic…

Let’s recap :

1-as usual, it took a few days to publish such news. Fear ? Loss of face ? Or false flag operation, conducted by some bozo Dr Strangelove ?

2-the thai authorities are at war in the South…. and yet they seem totally unable to protect such “yummy” targets. And let’s remember that the insurgency (or whatever you want to call it) started officially… after a weapons depot was attacked and robbed in january 2004 !

3-it’s mind boggling to see the thai authorities drawing -so fast- a link between this attack and the Red Shirt rallye… I mean… by any logic the insurgents would be more likely the culprits.

4-it’s a miracle… today our dashing Prime Minister warns us about… “sabotage“. This guy is really smart. 😉 Or really… lucky.

Anyway. The bottom line is : logic went on holidays… perpetual holidays in Thailand. And meanwhile, some clowns, behind the scene, are playing with dangerous toys : weapons, minds and fear mongering.

An explosive cocktail.

12 Responses to “South : “massive” robbery of explosives and weapons”

  1. 1 fall 7 March 2010 at 9:47 pm

    Kill three birds with one stone.
    The army get to sell the *stolen* rifles, procure new one at exorbitant prices, and use as excuse to subdue the redshirt(just in case they got those rifles).

    6,000 rifles… we are talking about arming a whole regiment here! If there are even half that amount of insurgents, it’s a is a bloody civil war already!

    It takes trucks, man-power, and time to haul that much stuff. How on earth could anyone near the armoury missed the convoys is beyond obvious…

  2. 2 dvvp 8 March 2010 at 12:27 am

    Hi…a little off topic, I’m writting a paper on macroeconomic activity of Thailand and am having a difficult time coming up with strenghts and weaknesses in their economy. It seems that most of the data seems fixed? I was wondering if ThaiCrisis could give me some direction on where to find some “acurate” info? By the way, your Blog is the facinating to me….I laugh everyday, it’s just awesome!

  3. 3 ThaiCrisis 8 March 2010 at 1:28 am

    Well… that’s the deal. And it’s a global one.

    You probably know the line : “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” 😉

    I never said that Thailand was massaging the data. At least, not more than any other country. 😉

    But we could see some rules :
    -always go to the source. The Bank of Thailand acts as a depository of data and a data producer. For info related to the banking system (credit, deposit, credit card etc.) it seems fine. But for many operations of the BOT (bonds, foreign reserves), same rule as other central banks : opacity.

    -for oil consumption, better to direct to the EPPO (Energy Policy and Planning Office, Ministry of Energy.

    -for cars sales, you can crosscheck the data given by the BOT with the statements the car industry publishes in the press.

    -avoid “indexes”…. they are not accurate and can easily be distorted.

    -GDP ? avoid “real”. Deflator is manipulated (read here). But the USA are doing exactly the same, on a much bigger scale. Prefer “nominal” GDP figures.

    -CPI ? Yep, on this one they clearly fucked up. Those morons changed last year the base year for the calculation and the relative weight of each items within the basket (read my article here). Talk about a broken thermometer.

    -overall, golden rule, don’t trust data that are linked (anyhow) to the CPI. CPI is way too politicall. CPI is clearly manipulated (like everywhere in the world).

    -we have revisions : for instance on exports/imports. And oil consumption too. But It’s part of the game. The bigger revisions I saw were for land transactions (i think, it’s cultural, land business is not transparent in Thailand, the issue is too sensitive) and FDI, and balance of payments.

    -for taxes collections, the Finance Minister gives all the data. Difficult to think that they are lying on a big scale.

    Actually, the most difficult part, as usual, it’s to interpret those data. For instance if we see (that’s currently the case) a jump of VAT collection… well is it a real sign of a recovery ? Or the base effect ? Or the effects of the various stimulus from the gvt ? etc. You know my answer. The so called “recovery” does not reflect on the oil consumption for instance.


    Good luck.

  4. 4 Anonymous 8 March 2010 at 10:28 am

    Another bad day for the Army. First, the GT200 scam/scandal, now this massive theft. Do they have any dignity left ?

    But I suspect they want to make the incident so as to scare people that the weapons will be used during the 12-14 rallies. So the message is don’t attend the rallies. Anyway, too late Mr. Mark, you have made these poor Isan and Lanna people unhappy long enough with your double standards. The good thing with Mark is that he won’t be here and he will enjoy his stay with the kangaroos.

  5. 5 Pricilla 8 March 2010 at 5:42 pm

    Just as well they have Sherlock on the case, brilliant analysis, already pondering whether it just might be an inside job..WTF. Suspect Fail has already summed up the scenario nicely, just another nice little money spinner and get to blame the Reds to boot.

    In the real world there would be an investigation, probably a resolution as to what actually did happen and heads would roll. Of course this will not happen here, as the army are beyond the law. The law…a politicized judiciary with a totally corrupt police force with elites able to do as they please…please forget I mentioned it.

    TC, you missed the whole Taksin circus, plenty of juicy one liners lost there I suspect.

  6. 6 ThaiCrisis 8 March 2010 at 6:10 pm

    Well, the Thaksin (Flying) Circus is part of the Big (flying) Circus, which is my speciality. 😉

    But you’re right : I can’t follow every issues.

    There is like a “share agreement” between all the bloggers.

  7. 7 Bedwyr 8 March 2010 at 8:46 pm

    But I suspect they want to make the incident so as to scare people that the weapons will be used during the 12-14 rallies. So the message is don’t attend the rallies. Anyway, too late Mr. Mark, you have made these poor Isan and Lanna people unhappy long enough with your double standards.

    A more suspicious personage than the illustrious Bedwyr might suggest that the army already have manufactured the justification for firing on their fellow Thais. After all, an army guy with a gun in a red shirt is just the same as a red shirt with a gun in a red shirt – no? Damned inscrutable these Thais.
    I still believe there will be a mutiny in the army if there is a lot of blood spilt, lets face it, how much worse can things get after the GT200, the non-f;ying zeppelin, the non-carrying aircraft carrier with its non-flying VTO (or not) aircraft.

    Can you imagine what the SAS or the Seals make of their Thai brothers?

  8. 8 Michael 9 March 2010 at 7:30 am

    I went to show my wife the story yesterday and could not find anything on the major newspapers websites as a lead story. Its been buried.

  9. 9 Anonymous 9 March 2010 at 11:52 am

    Mark has decided to cancel his Aussie trip to follow the advice of you know whom. His govt will invoke the ISA law but will it work and stop the inflow of red shirts into the city ?

    I suspect the last resort for Mark can do is make a phone call to Dubai and propose some compromises but I am sure his military backers will oppose this move.

    A “mutiny in the army” is quite possible because many low-ranking soldiers are “watermelons” meaning green outside but red inside and these people are fed up with their commanders who got lots of kickbacks from useless equipment like GT200.

  10. 10 ThaiCrisis 9 March 2010 at 1:55 pm

    I don’t agree with you : they will shoot, if they have to, like they did last year.

    Look at the pictures of last april riots… the soldiers in the streets, shooting… in the air… and straight forward.

    I’m always amazed by the fact that of people simply…. forget things.

    So tell me : what is different, from their point of view, today compared to last april ? Nothing, fundamentally.

    So if the Red Shirts riot again, they will send the army.

  11. 11 fall 9 March 2010 at 10:11 pm

    It’s the long run everyone should worry about.
    Sure, next week the RED will rise, then the army will shoot. No one and certainly no media give a shit if any RED died or injured. At most, it will be general riot or an uprising. But it will be quell either by force or the great mediator.

    However, in the future where great mediator no longer live, then things get down right dirty… Burma style.

  12. 12 Tarrin 10 March 2010 at 12:41 pm

    6,000 rifles stolen without a clue…. I wondered how they managed to snug out 6,000 rifles with one a single soul knowing.

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