This AFP story departs from ordinary mainstream media practice by actually identifying the Thai jihadists as “Islamic,” and adds a final paragraph that is, well, killer: more than 3900 people (but apparently fewer than 4000), it says, have been killed “in shootings, bomb blasts, beheadings and crucifixions” since the jihad in Thailand began in 2004.
Beheadings? Crucifixions? Those who insist that this is simply a nationalist insurgency with an Islamic character that is only incidental should take note: no other group around the world besides Islamic jihadists is practicing “beheadings and crucifixions” with any regularity in 2009. And why are “beheadings and crucifixions,” both of which one might be forgiven for thinking of as relics of a distant and barbaric past, happening in Thailand at all?
Why, because Islamic jihadists — contrary to the prevailing wisdom of the learned analysts — read and follow the Koran.
“The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger, and strive with might and main for mischief through the land is: execution, or crucifixion, or the cutting off of hands and feet from opposite sides, or exile from the land: that is their disgrace in this world, and a heavy punishment is theirs in the Hereafter…” — Koran 5:33
“Therefore, when ye meet the Unbelievers (in fight), smite at their necks…” — Koran 47:4
But of course this is the element of understanding the actions of the Islamic jihadists that we are forbidden to explore in the public square.
“Two killed, four wounded in Thai south,” from Agence France-Presse, October 31 (thanks to Sr. Soph):
SUSPECTED Islamic insurgents shot and killed two people and wounded three others in a bomb blast in Thailand’s troubled Muslim-majority south, police said.
Gunmen broke into a house in Yala province and shot dead a 16-year-old Buddhist girl, also wounding her 29-year-old husband, they said….
More than 3900 people have died in shootings, bomb blasts, beheadings and crucifixions since a separatist insurgency erupted in Thailand’s southern provinces bordering Malaysia in January 2004.