The security situation in the far South is as bad today as it has ever been. The number of militant attacks, the level of extreme violence and the flouting of the government's authority add up to a national crisis. The situation has never so clearly called for a rational, inventive policy. It is not too late to save the far South, but time and opportunity are running short.
This is the situation facing both the central government and far South residents. The beleaguered southerners have endured decades of unrest and nearly 10 years of constant, guerrilla-style warfare. It is an understatement to say that many governments have made serious errors in their policies and treatment of southern people.
The shocking, murderous violence by militants is clearly a far worse alternative.
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