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Anthony Davis -- Denial not an option in Thai bombing aftermath

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Police check the scene after two bomb blasts in the southern province of Surat Thani, Aug. 12, 2016.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- Barely two weeks on from the wave of bombings and arson attacks that struck tourist resorts across southern Thailand, the sense of deja vu is powerful. The debris from blasts that killed four people and wounded 35 has been swept up; media commentary on the perennial resilience of Thailand's tourist economy has died down; and the online frenzy of conspiratorial "whodunnit" speculation and partisan mudslinging that invariably follows anonymous political violence has petered out.

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