There are conflicts all involving Muslims happening all over the world. The reason for this, we’re being told by our elites is because of lack of tolerance on the part of the West, especially America.
But in Southern Thailand the conflict doesn’t involve America, Australia or any other western power. It involves Muslims and Buddhists who have lived side by side for years. Buddhists don’t kill people over religious differences. They are unique in that regard. While they’ll kill you for other reasons, religion doesn’t appear to have ever been a factor.
Which leads me to wonder, if Islam is the “religion of peace” that we have been told it is, and the Buddhists have a long history (they have been around longer than either Islam or Christianity) of not killing people over religion, who exactly is causing the problems in this case?
Now the insurgents seem to be taking their war to a new stage, pitting local Buddhists against Muslims by attacking symbols of Buddhism with flamboyant brutality.
The two religions had coexisted through the years here, often in separate villages. That mutual tolerance is breaking down now, and there are fears of a sectarian conflict that could flare out of control.
“Buddhist monks, temples, novices,” said Sunai Phasuk, a political analyst with the monitoring group Human Rights Watch. “Buddhist monks have been hacked to death, clubbed to death, bombed and burned to death. This has never happened before. This is a new aspect of violence in the south.”
Some Buddhist and Muslim villages have begun sealing themselves off from one another, and people in both the region’s towns and villages say old friendships and patterns of cooperation are being undermined by mistrust.
Entire Buddhist communities have also fled in a “de facto ethnic cleansing,” said Zachary Abuza, the author of “Militant Islam in Southeast Asia,” in a report published last month. “The social fabric of the south has been irreparably damaged.”
The Thais originally tried getting tough with the “insurgents” and the violence increased. Now they have tried being conciliatory…and the violence increased. They have wanted to open talks with the “insurgents” but there doesn’t seem to be anyone to talk to. So, what’s next?
Withdrawal will leave a vacuum that will be filled by terrorists that have lost their sanctuary in other places. This would result in a terrorist controlled state that is ideally placed to threaten the sea lanes of the South China Sea. There doesn’t seem to be an acceptable solution. When that happens the results are usually bloody and unsatisfying.
But one thing that is most noticeable is that all this is happening below the radar of the Americans and Australians. How are they going to blame it on us? I’m sure they’ll find a way.