In Thailand’s three southern-most provinces, the Islamic insurgency has claimed more than 5,000 Buddhist lives since 2004 as Muslims use violence to force the Thai government to let them have their own Islamic state in southern Thailand. (See links below)
Unfortunately, now, the government is holding a series of peace talks – for the first time in the nine-year conflict – with leaders of one of the insurgent groups. Big mistake. Once they get what they want, they will demand more and increase the violence.