With two-thirds of the Ramadan fasting month already passed, the policies and the so-called ceasefire in the deep South continue to grow more murky. In the past 19 days, the government and its partner in the peace talks have refused numerous opportunities to inform the public. After a two-day lull at the start of Ramadan, the daily events in the region are as bloody as ever _ even more horrific in one case. The government's peace negotiators have put on a stolid face of optimism, but it is not clear why.
One of the worst attacks of the year took place last week. Militants placed a roadside bomb next to the grounds of a hospital. When a car taking teachers to class passed by, they detonated the explosive. Two female teachers were killed and a male colleague was badly wounded. In terms of casualties, it was the worst such terrorist attack against teachers in recent memory.
Propagandists for the separatists were quick to respond to the atrocity. They tried to place blame for the deaths on the protective unit that failed to guard the teachers. The government responded with evidence, showing the bomb caused the deaths. But as usual, the government was far behind the expert truth-spinners deployed by the separatists. The government has still failed to point out the simplest truth of all _ if the militants had not set off the bomb, no one would have been hurt.
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