Thailand: Down South

For months the Thai government has been trying to come to grips with the sporadic Communist terrorism along the country's northeast frontier with Laos. Bangkok has devoted less attention to a similar but smaller wave of trouble far to the south, along the thin isthmus of Thailand that forms part of the Malay Peninsula. There, a pattern of forced "tax" collections, Red propaganda leaflets and occasional clashes with police patrols has suggested the presence of a regular second front of Communist guerrillas.

Ambush in the Gorge. The activity stepped up two years ago, when, during the Malaysia-Indonesia confrontation, agents from...

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