StilesBC wrote:> Maybe you know something that I don't, but I was not aware that
> Thailand was at all involved in Cambodia's genocidal crisis war
> better known by Pol Pot and his Khmer Rouge. In my travels through
> SE Asia, I visited numerous war museums in Thailand, Cambodia and
> Vietnam. By far the most significant war of the recent past for
> the Thais (and the Burmese) has been WWII. A trip to the war
> museum in Kanchanaburi (next to the Bridge on the River Kwai and
> the Death Railway) would probably be sufficient to convince you of
> this. 10's of thousands died in this war, as Thailand officially
> supported the Japanese yet a large anti-Japanese movement was also
> present. 10's of thousands of POWs died in the construction of the
> railway alone. Unfortunately, all statistics of casualties in
> imperial Japan are very shaky. They did not keep track of how many
> were murdered like the Nazis seemed to do.
StilesBC wrote:> I'm looking into it further, but it is my belief that
> Thailand/Burma and Cambodia/Vietnam/Laos are operating on separate
> generational timelines.
StilesBC wrote:> Which is why I think it is important to see the potential for a
> clash between Buddhist nations in the south with the paranoid Han
> Chinese of the north. Looking further, you can see that not only
> Thailand and Burma share similarities with the Tibetans but the
> Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh and Bhutan also seem to identify
> themselves most with a Burmese/Tibetan heritage. There are still
> border disputes between China and India leftover from the
> Sino-Indian war of 1962 (India cliams Arunachal Pradesh, China
> claims it as "Southern Tibet"). The southern Chinese state of
> Yunnan is also very spiritual and diverse, much to the chagrin of
> the Han.
Matt1989 wrote:> I specifically looked for Vietnam-related "genocidal" conflicts
> when researching Thailand. I found none, but maybe something
> eluded me.
> Recall that protests are certainly not rarities in 4Ts. The focus
> is clearly outer-world and is far more dangerous and
> destabilizing, usually culminating in revolution.
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