So, Deputy Prime Minister Pracha Promnok has jumped the gun _ he shouldn't have blundered so badly. Almost a decade of separatist violence certainly won't end overnight. Our peace talks chief Paradorn Pattanatabut acknowledges it and maybe Pol Gen Pracha should speak to him more often.
A day of relative calm that followed the start of the holy Ramadan period gave us the hope we were hungry for. And it should also give us much more reason for cautious optimism.
Having said that, we should not let ourselves be swept away to the point of being in denial. Pol Gen Pracha, who recently replaced the sharp-tongued Chalerm Yubamrung as deputy premier in charge of national security, was adamant the two bomb blasts three days into the Ramadan fasting month would not rattle the 40-day ceasefire agreement reached by the Thai government and the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN).