16 January 2007

AP - surely it is not a blooper?

This is a headline of an AP news item (via CNN).
A Buddhist man in restive southern Thailand was beheaded by suspected Muslim insurgents who left a note by the body warning Buddhists to leave the area that has been gripped by bloody violence for three years, police said.
A barbaric atrocity by itself, everyone (well, aside of the "insurgents" and their sympathizers) would undoubtedly agree.

If you are blessed by an above average eyesight, you would be able to see an additional, less newsworthy item in the next paragraph:
The man and his wife were working at a rubber plantation in Yala province when a group attacked them, shooting the man three times in the chest before beheading him and killing his wife, said police Lt. Kittiphong Phuduangjit.
Is AP so busy catering to the Muslim population that the fact that a woman was killed is mentioned in such a casual manner? In Buddhism there is no stress on the superiority of men, as far as I know, by the way.

And since Thailand is mentioned, it is worth a notice that the RoP heroic deeds described in the next quote are hardly a front page material.
Drive-by shootings and bombings occur almost daily in Thailand's three southernmost Muslim-majority provinces of Yala, Narathiwat and Pattani, where an Islamic insurgency that flared in January 2004 has killed more than 1,900 people.
Be interesting to know why?

Cross-posted on Yourish.com