Yet more Muslims misunderstanding the glorious peaceful teachings of Islam, and foolishly thinking it mandates violence. Islamic teachers, yet! Oh, the complexity! Oh, the magnificence of this imposing edifice, that even its most devoted adherents comprehend so poorly! From Reuters, with thanks to Ali Dashti and RB:
BANGKOK, March 10 (Reuters) – Eight Thai Muslims were formally charged with rebellion on Thursday, including one accused of being a military leader of one of the main groups behind separatist violence in which nearly 600 people have died. Prosecutors told the Bangkok Criminal Court that Waeyusoh Wae Dueramae was a leader of the armed forces of the Barasi Revolusi Nasional (BRN) and was behind a raid on an army camp in January last year that set off the latest violence in the far south. He and the seven others, Islamic teachers in the largely Muslim region bordering Malaysia, pleaded not guilty to charges, including rebellion and terrorist
acts, which could bring them the death sentence.
Prosecutors said the teachers recruited students for the BRN campaign, which began with the army camp raid in the far south in which four soldiers were killed and nearly 400 assault rifles stolen. The eight men had been involved in several firearms raids on army and police posts in the past two years, prosecutors said….
Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who has sent thousands of soldiers to fight the separatists while promising development aid for the relatively poor region, has long said Islamic schools in the area were breeding grounds for separatists….