Study in Violence

Explosions are a common theme in relations between Thailand and its ethnic Malay Muslim minority in the country’s far south. A separatist insurgency has been raging here for five years, killing up to 3,500 people, most of them civilians. An unknown number of rebels are spread across four contiguous provinces, and the Thai government has deployed nearly half of its security forces here to find and eliminate them. Meanwhile, the vast majority of the region’s Muslims are stuck in the middle. (The National, Review, March 20, 2009)


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