And the local authorities are on their knees, pleading with the local Muslims to trust them. Such is the topsy-turvy state of the world today. "Suspected Muslim insurgents shoot grenades at fair in southern Thailand, 30 hurt," from the Associated Press, September 30 (thanks to Maxwell):
PATTANI, Thailand — Thai police believe Islamist insurgents fired grenades at a fair in southern Thailand, injuring 30 people, in anger over government efforts to win over local Muslim religious leaders.
Police Lt. Col. Krajang Raknarong said Sunday the attackers fired grenades at a security checkpoint near the trade fair in Narathiwat province’s Bajoh district on Saturday. Thirty people were hurt, four seriously, when two grenades exploded near fair booths.
At least five people were killed in southern Thailand on Saturday in separate shooting attacks blamed by police on the insurgents.
The local district chief and security officials met religious elders earlier Saturday as part of official efforts to win the trust of local Muslims.
The local Muslims should be the ones trying to win the trust of the local district chief and security officials. After all, they're the ones doing the killing. But as always, they play the victim card very skillfully.