I will begin with the bare-bones report that appeared in Australia's ABC, from their South-East Asia correspondent Zoe Daniel with some material from AFP, and then for purposes of comparison we will look at the AFP report as it appeared in the Jakarta Globe; followed by some items from the Bangkok Post.
'11 Killed in Thailand Militant Attacks'.
That should be: 'Thailand: Jihadists Assassinate 11 Civilians' - CM
'Eleven people have been killed in a series of attacks by militants in southern Thailand.
'Three paramilitary rangers are among the dead. They were ambushed while travelling in the back of a ute in Pattani province.
'Four rubber tappers, reportedly Buddhists, were also killed in two separate attacks in Pattani.
We will find out more about these 'reportedly Buddhist' rubber tappers, and exactly how they were murdered, when we go to the Bangkok Post. - CM
'Two Muslim men were killed in a drive-by shooting in the neighbouring province of Yala, and in Songkhla province two vegetable sellers were shot dead.
'Thousands have been killed (mostly by Muslim jihadists ambushing civilians and soldiers - CM) in Thailand's southern insurgency since it began in 2004.
'Its exact motivations are unclear (Ms Daniel: next time you are home on leave, go to a good university library, get out C S Hurgronje's 'The Acehnese', and read the last few pages, where he discusses the concept of Jihad; then you will understand. - CM) but it is said to revolve around neglect of ethnic Malay Muslims by Thai authorities.
Ah yes, it's always about the poor, persecuted Muslims. Ms Daniel needs to read this little piece on the dangers of legitimising Muslim 'grievances'.
'There have been recent informal peace talks with Muslim insurgents after a spike in attacks since the beginning of this year.
It may well be that the Muslims, interpreting the Thai offer of 'peace talks' as a sign of weakness, have decided to press home their advantage by stepping up the attacks in order to intimidate the Thais into giving way even further. - CM
And now for the AFP version, as it appeared in the Jakarta Globe.
'Eleven Dead in Thai Militant Attacks: Police'
'Suspected Muslim militants have shot dead 11 people including three paramilitary rangers in a single day of bloodshed in Thailand's insurgency-plagued deep south, police said Tuesday.
Now go back up and read the lead paragraph of Zoe Daniel's piece for the ABC. You will observe that her lead paragraph is in the passive rather than the active voice, and that her version omits the word 'Muslim'. - CM
'The rangers were ambushed while travelling in a pickup truck on Monday in Pattani province in the Muslim-majority border region, where an eight-year conflict has claimed thousands of lives.
'On the same day, four Buddhist (not 'reportedly Buddhist' as in the ABC version; just 'Buddhist' - CM) rubber tappers died on their way to work in two separate gun attacks in Pattani, while a pair of Muslim men were killed in a drive-by shooting in neighbouring Yala province...Two vegetable vendors were also shot dead in Songkhla province, which had been relatively untouched by the violence until a number of attacks this year, including a series of car bombs in April that left 15 people dead.
'That left 15 people dead'. That is, 'that killed 15 people'. - CM
'A complex insurgency calling for greater autonomy has plagued Thailand's far south near the border with Malaysia since 2004, claiming more than 5,300 lives, both Buddhist and Muslim, with near daily bomb or gun attacks.
To judge from the names of the victims in this latest lot of killings, for which we must go to the Bangkok Post, Buddhists - whether Thai or of Chinese descent - seem to be getting killed more often than Muslims. - CM
'The authorities said in August they were holding informal peace talks with some Muslim insurgent groups, in an apparent policy reversal that followed a spike in attacks. "Some militant groups don't want a peaceful solution so they look for an opportunity to terrorize people", southern army spokesman Colonel Pramote Prom-in told AFP on Tuesday. "We're trying to find measures to prevent this kind of violence, but still haven't succeeded", he added.
Colonel Pramote Prom-in is another who might find it worth his while to read C S Hurgronje's 'The Acehnese', even if he has to get someone to translate the English version into Thai. Hurgronje's book included a military analysis and a blueprint for winning the insurgency; when the Dutch followed that blueprint they were able to contain the jihad, and governed Aceh successfully until 1942 when the Japanese invaded. - CM
'The militants are not thought to be part of a global jihad movement (They are part of the Ummah; that is enough. - CM) but are rebelling against a history of perceived discrimination against ethnic Malay Muslims by successive Thai governments, and alleged rights abuses by the army.
The bottom line is that Muslims believe themselves to be 'the best of people', mandated to rule over all others. Any situation within which they are either the social and political equals of non-Muslims, or are within a non-Muslim majority state where non-Muslims are seen as having more power than Muslims, excites their furious resentment. To understand what 'oppression' means in Islamspeak, see this brilliant essay by a Bengali ex-Muslim, Abul Kasem: 'When Is Islam Oppressed?"
And so to the Bangkok Post, for the names of the latest lot of Thai victims of Jihad, so swiftly skimmed over by AFP and the ABC.
'Twelve slain in far south over two days'.
'A total of 12 people were killed by insurgents in Pattani, Narathiwat, Yala and southern Songkhla in a series of attacks stretching over Monday and Tuesday.
'Police said two rubber tappers were ambushed and killed on a local road at a rubber plantation in Pattani's Khok Pho district early Tuesday morning. They were identified as Phon Phetsorn, 66, and his wife Nid, 68, residents of Ban Kluay in tambon Na Pradu of Khok Pho district.
'Witnesses told police the couple were travelling to work on a motorcycle when gunmen hiding in the roadside forest fired on them with an AK47 assault rifle and 11 mm handgun. The assailants then fled.
'The victims were hit several times in the head and torso and died on the spot.
A 66 year old man and his 68 year old wife; Thai Buddhists, to judge from their names. Murdered from ambush. - CM
'On Monday night another couple were shot dead in Khok Pho. The victims were identified as Supachai Chuaysaen, 27, and his wife Sirikwan Saengtong, 24. Police said the Buddhist couple were travelling on a motorcycle in front of the Rubber Replanting Aid Fund about 8 pm when gunmen opened fire at them and then fled.
'Police blamed separatist militants for both attacks.
'In Pattani's Yaring district on Monday afternoon, three defence volunteers were shot dead and the killers made off with their firearms.
'Surasak Saksongmuang, 27, and his father Nam Saksongmuang, 57, were found dead on the Yaring-Ban Muang Wan road next to a pickup truck. Somsak Khunchum, 42, was found dead inside. Their bodies and the vehicle were riddled with bullets.
'The trio were on their way back from a security meeting at Yarang district office when they spotted someone on a motorcycle they knew and stopped for a chat near Ban Yai in tambon Ratapanyang. A pickup truck then drove past, and two men on the back opened fire at the defence volunteers' vehicle. The motorcycle sped away. (One wonders whether the man on the motorcycle was part of the ambush - CM)
'The attackers searched the pickup and took with them an AKA rifle, an M-16 rifle, and two pistols before fleeing.
'Police found more than 100 spent cartridge shells scattered on the road.
'On the same day a pair of Muslim men were killed in a drive-by shooting in neighbouring Yala province, police said. Their names were not released.
'Two vegetable vendors were also shot dead in Songkhla province...
'In Narathiwat's Cho Airong district, a village health volunteer was killed in a drive-by shooting on Tuesday morning...
'the attack occurred on the Sungai Padi-Cho Airong road at Ban Sormong of Cho Airong about 6 am.
'Police found five spent cartridge shells from a 9mm handgun at the scene and were told that an injured woman had been taken to Cho Airong hospital.
'The victim was identified as Suena Seng, 44, a health volunteer at Ban Aye Payae. She was hit by three bulelt s- in the head, right shoulder, and torso.
'The victim's husband, Sama-air Seng, 49, told police that he, his wife and another woman were travelling along the road to work at their rubber plantation when a gunman riding pillion on another motorcycle fired on Suena. The attackers then fled.
'Suena and the woman passenger fell from the motorcycle but Mr Sama-air escaped unhurt. The woman passenger was also unhurt in the attack. The attackers fled. Mr Sama-air said he asked the driver of a passing pickup truck to take his wife to Cho Airong hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.
'Separatist insurgents were blamed for the murder.
'Since the resurgence of the insurgency in January 2004, there have been about 11,000 violent incidents instigated by secessionists (by Muslims waging Jihad - CM) in the Muslim-dominant southernmost provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat, with almost 5,000 people killed and nearly 8,000 injured.
That is about 600 people killed and nearly 1000 people injured per year.
The Bangkok Post has another, overlapping report which includes some additional jihadist murders.
'Seven killed in South Violence'.
'Authorities concerned over rising bloodshed'
'PATTANI - Seven people including two military rangers have been slain in separate incidents in the country's strife-torn (i.e.' jihad-wracked' - CM) southernmost provinces, triggering concern among authorities over rising violence in the region.
'The spate of fatal attacks on security officers and civilians occurred just after three defence volunteers were gunned down in Pattani on their way back from a security meeting on Monday...
'The first of the latest series of attacks took place late on Monday night in Pattani's Khok Pho district when a couple were shot dead on a road in tambon Makrud. The victims - Supachai Chuaysen, 27, and Sirikwan Saengthong, 24 - were riding a motorcycle from their village to the downtown area.
'Witnesses told police that a gunman riding pillion on a motorcycle shot the woman first before firing at the man. After the man fell from the motorcycle, the assailant walked up to him and shot him again in the head.
Sadistic overkill. Typical Muslim dominance killing. - CM
'At 4.20 am yesterday..two rubber tappers were shot dead in an ambush on a road near a rubber plantation. They were identified as Phon Phetsorn and his wife Nit, both 65...
So far, the report is talking about people featured in the previous account, above. But now we hear of new, more recent murders. - CM
'At 11.20 am, a 30 year old female staff member of a petrol station in tambon Naket, also in Khok Pho district, was shot dead. Her 22 year old colleague was seriously injured.
'Police said two assailants drove the motorcycle to the pump to buy petrol. After the victim, Prapaporn Suwanno, filled the vehicle with petrol, the pillion rider pulled out a gun and fatally shot her and wounded her co-worker Leelawadee Boonlert.
'Prapaporn died at the scene, while Ms Leelawadee was taken to Khok Pho hospital. The gunmen also took some money from the petrol station's cash box.
Not only cold-blooded murder of a defenceless woman, but robbery. In broad daylight. - CM
'In Narathiwat province yesterday, military rangers Chanakorn Kanchong, 26, and Piyarat Romphruek, 29, were shot dead about 2 pm as they were riding a motorcycle...to a nearby market.
'The two rangers were attached to Ranger Forces Regiment 45.
'The shooters also took away one .38 pistol from a ranger.
'The rangers were assigned to provide protection at a fruit orchard of Buddhist people in the village.
'Their bodies were riddled with bullet wounds. Police found more than 10 spent AK rifle bullets at the scene".
Putting these two reports together, one arrives at a total of fifteen people killed by Muslim assassins. To judge from their names, nearly all were non-Muslims. Ten were civilians. Four were women, including an old woman in her 60s. In just two days. And now - to show that all this killing and terrorising is fundamentally about achieving Muslim dominance, nothing else; a couple of earlier reports that show us the jihadists using threats to force shops to close on Fridays, in conformity with Islamic sharia, and in opposition to Thai law and custom. - CM
'Most shops closed in deep South'
'Most shops were closed and few vendors were selling in fresh markets in Yala and Narathiwat on Friday morning after reports circulated that separatist militants (that is, Muslim jihadists - CM) planned widespread unrest (that is 'attacks' - CM) in the deep South on Friday, the Muslim sabbath.
'Reports said at least 70 percent of the shops remained closed and fresh markets were unusually quiet.
"Yala governor Decharat Simsiri and military officials inspected security arrangements at a fresh market on Friday morning.
'Some vendors told the governor they were confident about their safety, but wanted security forces to watch over them constantly.
'The reports said public van services were not operating in the southern most border provinces of Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat and in southern Songkhla.
And some readers of the Bangkok Post have been doing their homework; in the Comments to this little article, one 'Spiceman' remarked, 'The Deep South is symbolically under the Islamic Sharia Law!' - CM
'Dems: PM, deputies must visit South.
'Senior cabinet ministers should travel to the far South to see the situation for themselves, a senior Democrat Party MP said on Friday after most businesses in the region were intimidated into remaining closed for the day.
'Deputy Democrat leader and MP for Songkhla Thaworn Senniam said more than 90 % of stores in the southernmost region of the country were closed for business on Friday. They were intimidated by insurgent groups and rumours of violence if they opened on a Friday, the Muslim sabbath.
'The Democrat southern MP said that even though Friday was a normal shopping day for locals, at least 90 % of the shops were closed and most people opted to stay in their homes...".
This - the use of violence or the threat of violence to force conformity with sharia - is what one sees from one end of the dar al Islam, to the other; and beyond it, anywhere that Muslims are numerous enough and strong enough - as in the southern provinces of Thailand, to think they can get away with it.