Monday, July 09, 2007
MUSLIM VIOLENCE IN SOUTHERN THAILAND INTENSIFIES
leave you with this video report from VOA on the mounting violence in southern Thailand. The report isn't exactly current, it's dated from about a month ago. But it gives a good flavour of what's been going on in the southern provinces, and the degree to which the Muslim extremists have poisoned the harmonious relations between Buddhists and Muslims that once were prevalent, but is now supplanted by suspicion and fear. Even a small minority committed to ethnic cleansing (actually religious cleansing, aiming to drive Buddhists out of the region) can achieve this poisoning of relations, which will be much harder to restore than they were to destroy.
Wai Weasel Zippers for this one.