Godstud wrote:That's where you are mistaken. They want the land that they once had there, when it was part of Malaysia. Things are often more complex than simply blaming religion for it. It's about an ethnicity and people sort of trapped behind the lines when Thailand /Laos/Cambodia/Malaysia stopped being Siam.
You, with your acute Islamophobia, try to make it all about religion. It's not, but you try to make it so.
Yes, it's a clash of cultures, and that is the only part that you got right.
This started in Thailand back in '72.
The 1972 Israeli Bangkok embassy hostage crisis occurred on 28 December 1972. It was a raid by a squad of Palestinian militants, belonging to the Black September militant organization, on the Israeli embassy building in Bangkok in which the militants held six Israeli embassy staff hostage. After 19 hours of negotiations, the hijackers agreed to abandon the embassy in exchange for safe conduct to Egypt.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1972_Isra ... age_crisis
And has seriously intensified over the last 10 years.
On 11 August 2016, two bombs exploded in the Thai resort town of Hua Hin. One person was killed and 23, many of them tourists, were injured. The next day, several more bombings took place, again targeting Hua Hin as well as Surat Thani, Phuket and Trang. At least two people were killed and many more were injured. In total, at least four people were killed and 36 injured.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/August_20 ... d_bombings
That's not to say the 2016 referendum was fair, by any means.
But Thailand did have a constitutional vote, and the results are clear. So why should 1/3 of the country, be given away? Especially when the 3 main areas are separate and would chop up Thailand?
The south Thai insurgency is particularly nasty. It's being executed by what the authorities there call "jihadists". That makes it a religious battle. To deny that is just silly.