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November22, 2006: So far, the Islamic terrorists in the south have concentrated on driving out the Buddhist minority. There have been no attacks on the tourist resorts along the coast, or foreign businesses, or foreigners in general. There have also been no suicide attacks, but then, such attacks are frowned upon by Thai Moslems. Moderates are still the majority in the south, but they are under attack by the Islamic terrorists, who appear to be backed by criminal gangs intent on seeing that the Buddhist dominated police get driven out, along with Buddhist civilians. That could get interesting, because the Islamic radicals want to establish a religious dictatorship in the south, a form of government hostile to criminal behavior. Rebellion makes strange bedfellows.

November 21, 2006: In the south, fifty schools, containing several thousand students, stayed closed for a week after one of the teachers, a Buddhist, was gunned down as she went home late in the day. Teachers were afraid to return, and some parents feared for the safety of their children. It usually takes a week or so for everyone one in the area to calm down, after a teacher is murdered. The Islamic terrorists want the public schools closed, with only religious schools allowed.

November 20, 2006: In the south, a motorcycle bomb killed two and wounded sixteen.

November 18, 2006: In the south, Islamic terrorists killed five Buddhists in drive by shootings.

November 17, 2006: Three bombs went off in the south, killing one and wounding thirty.

November 15, 2006: In the south, terrorist violence left one Buddhist and two Moslems dead. The terrorists are spending as much time attacking Moslems, in order to eliminate "disloyal" Moslems, as they do going after infidels (non-Moslems). Meanwhile, three Moslem teachers were found innocent of a 2004 bombing, but guilty of rebellion and conspiracy.

 

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