Why “striking” ? Because made on the ground. Because we don’t see such report on thai TVs. Because victims are shown… victims of torture by thai military… because some people say that so called “spokemen” in Indonesia do not represent the real insurgents… because of the last scene, with the muslim call to prayer on friday… interrupted by… loud thai disco music.
Such report helps to understand that this conflict is likely to continue… for a very long time.
And actually, looking at history… it never really ended (since the annexion of southern regions by Bangkok).
What changes through times… are the means and the intensity of the struggle.
But the fundamental truth is : Bangkok’s authority is rejected by the muslim population of the south.
We can look at the problem by all angles… the population in Pattani, Yala… is not thai and doesn’t like Thailand. And Thailand gives them back the same… feeling.
To reconcile the two communities would take a long time.