It’s a time-honored technique, hallowed by successful use by Hizballah and others. Honest Ibe Hooper should give these folks a stern talking-to.
“Muslims Battle Buddhists in Thailand’s Troubled South,” by JÃ¼rgen Kremb in SpiegelOnline (thanks to all who sent this in):
Tuwnedaniya Tuwaemaengae, 24, insists that he has nothing to do with the rebels. Although he is a chemistry student in Bangkok, he says that the Islamic revolution is currently more important to him than his studies. He organized a demonstration a few weeks ago which brought the provincial capital Pattani to a standstill. Now he is taking journalists on a tour of a village where soldiers allegedly committed atrocities against Muslims.
The villagers line up along the road to greet their visitors. The region in Narathiwat province is part of the “red zone” where the rebels collect taxes from the villagers to fund their insurgency. In the house of the local imam, villagers tell the story of an army raid and the murder of two young Muslim men. They point to two fresh grave mounds as evidence. But there is not a single bullet hole in the mosque, which villagers claim came under Thai army fire for several minutes.