Thailand Once Again In Turmoil

Americans believe terrorists are opposed to the United States, an attitude which ignores what is occurring throughout the world. Islamic militants just negotiated a peace agreement in the Philippines, but Islamic militants continue their fight for more local autonomy in Thailand. Southern Thailand is heavily Muslim and a virtual civil war has raged for over a decade . Muslim militants regard state schools as an effort by the government to impose Buddhist culture in the region.

Islamic gunmen killed a high school principal which led teachers throughout southern Thailand to go on strike until assured they would be protected. About 150,000 Thai troops are deployed in southern Thailand, but bombings and attacks are daily occurrences.

As in the Philippines there is need for negotiation, there is need for granting further autonomy and for less use of military forces to secure peace in the region.