Thursday, July 07, 2005

Reuters AlertNet - Policeman beheaded in Thailand's Muslim south

Reuters AlertNet - Policeman beheaded in Thailand's Muslim south:

"BANGKOK, July 6 (Reuters) - Suspected Islamic militants beheaded a policeman in Thailand's restive Muslim south, officials said on Wednesday, the tenth decapitation in more than 18 months of unrest but the first such attack on police. At least two militants shot senior police sergeant Sampan Onyala, a 43-year-old Buddhist, with a pistol and an AK-47 rifle late on Tuesday in a Muslim village in Pattani, one of the three southernmost provinces plagued by the violence, police said.

'The bandits beheaded him and took his head with them. We had to give up our search last night because it was too dark,' a police officer in Pattani told Reuters by telephone. 'We resumed our search this morning, but we still haven't found it.'

About 800 people have been killed in the unrest in the Muslim-majority southern provinces of Yala, Narathiwat and Pattani, home to a low-key separatist insurgency in the 1970s and 1980s.

The government in the Buddhist majority kingdom has imposed martial law on parts of the south since violence flared anew in January 2004, at the same time as offering an olive branch of lavish development aid. Neither approach seems to have made any difference.

Although most of the violence takes the form of daily shootings or small bomb or arson attacks, in the last month militants have stepped up a beheading campaign against Buddhists."

This is a very important point. Everywhere in the world that Muslims come in contact with non Muslims, there are a large number of those Muslims who seek Jihad, and the death of non-Muslims, be that person Christian, Atheist, Hindu, Buddhist, or even a different sect of Islam. We are fighting a war against Islamic extremism, and Islamic extremism is fighting a war against all non-Muslims. Stopping support for Israel, or electing Kerry, is not going to make an ounce of difference to these people. You can't placate them, you can't frighten them. You can only kill them, and spare the innocents among them, even as they themselves blow up mosques and kill Muslim children, as they do almost every day in Iraq. Surrender is not possible, with an enemy who seeks Jihad.

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