Sunday, February 13, 2011

Thailand, Bomb, No Fatalities Reported

Yala is the name of a city and a province in Thailand. It's a tourist destination, and has been having trouble with terrorists lately:
"Police: Suspected car bomb blast injures 12 in Thailand"
Kocha Olarn, CNN (February 13, 2011)

"At least 12 people were injured when a bomb exploded in southern Thailand Sunday morning, police said.

"The explosion caused a fire that burned down about a dozen houses, Yala Police Col. Krisada Kaewchandee said.

"Investigators believe a car bomb caused the blast, he said....

"...Muslim separatists in southern Thailand have long battled government forces in a country that is overwhelmingly Buddhist.

"The conflict came to a head in 2004 after former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra took office. Several thousand people died in the resulting violence."
How much this particular bombing had to do with somebody wanting to set up their own little country, how much the perpetrators had strictly religious or ideological motives, and how much may have stemmed from some other cause - I've no idea. Probably some combination.

Together, in my view, with the sort of frustration some folks experience when the rest of the world doesn't act exactly the way they want it to.

The good news is that nobody got killed this time, as far as we've heard.

The bad news is that terrorists are still making it hard for the rest of us - including those Muslims who don't think that God tells them to kill people they don't like - to get on with the business of living.

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