Tuesday, February 20, 2007

29 Bombs go off in the Southern Thailand Provinces of Narathiwat, Pattani and Yala

The Bangkok Post reports:
Seven people are dead and more than 60 wounded in the biggest wave of coordinated bombings, terrorism and murders ever reported across the four southernmost provinces. A bomb on Monday morning in Yala town raised the death toll to eight.

At least 28 bombs and three murders targetted foreign tourist sites, Thai-Chinese celebrating the Lunar New Year, hotels, karaoke bars, power grids, telephone lines and commercial sites in the country's southernmost provinces. Two public schools were torched.
Bangkok Pundit comments that the recent co-ordinated bomb attacks throughout the Southern provinces puts the Bangkok bombings in perspective:
51 incidents and 8 dead. Hmm. I thought one of the arguments that the Bangkok bombings wasn't undertaken by the terrorists was that the Bangkok bombings weren't "deadly enough"(...) So 3 people died in Bangkok in 9 incidents and this was only intended "to cause unrest", but when 8 people die in 51 incidents the aim was "to take lives".
The administration in Bangkok have had their heads in the sand. By rejecting offhand the likelihood that the Bangkok bombings were perpetrated by Southern extremists, the country denied itself opportunity to learn from the prior attacks. While the goverment has been spinning the Bangkok bombings in the interest of political expediancy, the security situation in the nation spins out of control.

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