A recent incident conveys the depravity of the ongoing violence and the outside world's confusion about the nature of the Southern Insurgency in a nutshell.
The Bangkok Post reports that gunmen stormed an Islamic school in the South of Thailand and shot three students dead. The government says the Islamic terrorists are to blame, and that this attack was orchestrated by the extremists to engender support for the cause. The local villagers don't buy this explanation, holding "paratroopers" responsible.
Who are we to believe?