Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Killed While Guarding Teachers

Not enough attention is being paid to the Islamofascist threat in southern Thailand. It's particularly interesting for those of us on this blog because so often the targets are teachers.

And this story is just the latest addition.

In Narathiwat province, two soldiers who were protecting teachers as they went to school in Tak Bai district were wounded by a bomb, police Lt. Jed Jaraenyaen said.

Imagine how bad it has to be for teachers to need soldier escorts just to get to school to teach.

Here's an interesting data point from the article:

Since a Muslim separatist rebellion flared in Thailand's three southernmost provinces of Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat in early 2004, near-daily bombings, drive-by shootings and other attacks have killed more than 2,300 people.

That's a lot of people in just three years. Contrast that with just over 3500 people kill in over 20 years of IRA fighting, which was certainly reported in the Western press, and you get an idea how dangerous the situation in Thailand is.

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