via American Chronicle:
When General Sonthi Boonyaratkalin, the first-ever Muslim head of the Thai army, seized power in a bloodless coup on Sept. 19, news media around world became flooded with expert opinions and commentaries that there was a hope of peace in the insurgency-plagued Muslim provinces of southern Thailand. Even the U.S., which has been consistent in condemning any military coup in recent years, kept virtually quiet on the coup in Thailand. President Bush even nodded in agreement when he told the interim Thai Prime Minister during the recent APEC meeting that ‘he understood the Thai coup.’
The general returned to the region for the second time in the same week to offer autonomy in the region, which was also spurned by the insurgents with a series of violent attacks. The prime minister even made an offer to allow the application of Islamic Sharia laws in an otherwise secular democratic country. This offer was also rejected by the insurgents with increased violent attacks.
In the final offer of olive branches, the government offered to set up a Special Economic Zone in the Muslim South to help the economy, which was also greeted with a wave of attacks reportedly racking up at least 7 dead bodies overnight. The government implemented a series of other concessions, including the dropping of charges against some 58 Tak Bai protestors, a renewed pledge to solve the disappearance of Muslim human rights activist Somchai and the abolition of blacklists.
In sum, the military-ruled government has offered the Muslim provinces of South Thailand far beyond what is desirable for a united and secular democratic country, but all has been rebuffed by the Islamic insurgents with waves of invigorated violence.
Sometimes it’s hard to fathom what ppl really want…for it to happen so close to our country, yet we feel so detached from it is again kinda sad too.