I guess Thailand needs another Origami campaign.
5,206 people have been killed and 9,137 wounded in the Thai jihad, and counting. “Muslim separatists launch wave of bomb attacks in Thailand,” by Surapan Boonthanom in theÂ Independent, August 31 (thanks to JW):
Any idea why the ‘rebels’ put up banners with Â Malay potentates?
SUSPECTED Muslim separatistsIslamic jihadists launched a wave of bomb attacks in Thailand’s south on Friday in a rare show of coordination in a usually low-level insurgency in the predominantly Buddhist country.
Note how the language is being perverted:
“102 separatist incidents in the deep South”-– (my oh my. It doesn’t get any ‘deeper’ than that. )
Col Pramote said bombs and suspicious objects were planted in many areas, and insurgents were thought to be to blame. Thai flags were also burned and Malaysian flags hoisted to mark the 55th anniversary of the founding of the Bersatu separatist movement, an umbrella group active in the far South, and Malaysia’s National Day, Aug 31.
Police say “bomb-like” devices were found in at least 60 locations in Narathiwat and Pattani, two of three mainly Muslim provinces bordering mainly Muslim Malaysia, along with scores of Malaysian flags.
Most of the devices were fake, but at least a dozen exploded and wounded two soldiers.
A shadowy separatist insurgency by ethnic Malays resurfaced in January 2004, after simmering for decades. Since then, 5,206 people have been killed and 9,137 wounded, according to Deep South Watch, an organisation that monitors the violence….
The coordination and scale of Friday’s action were “extremely rare” and intended as a rebuttal of the government’s handling of the eight-year conflict, said Srisompop Jitpiromsri of Deep South Watch, who is also a lecturer at Prince of Songkla University in Pattani.
Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat have seen almost daily gun fights and bomb attacks since January 2004. The three provinces were once part of an independent Malay Muslim sultanate until annexed by Thailand in 1909.
The placing of Malaysian flags was intended to antagonise the Thai government and cause friction with Malaysia, Pramote Prom-in, an official at the Southern Internal Security Operations Command told a news conference in Narathiwat.
He asked authorities to be vigilant and said the attacks would not affect Thai-Malaysian relations.
The attacks came on the anniversary of Malaysia’s independence from British rule.
Leaked television footage of a fatal roadside ambush by militants on four Thai soldiers a month ago triggered widespread public scrutiny of the government’s handling of the long-neglected south.
The government had ruled out peace talks but the government had a change of heart and said this month talks were under way.
Successive governments have spent more than 160 billion baht ($5 billion) over the past eight years to quell the violence….
And let’s not forget theÂ origami.