In the US and Western Europe, it comes naturally to apply denigrating labels to anyone who works to protect the religion and culture of his nation or people. So knee-jerk is this reaction that we now have a Buddhist monk and his followers being referred to as neo-Nazis or criminals for doing so .
Now that the military junta has backed off and allowed some Democratic reforms, the Western media are now free to focus their attacks on the real enemies of the Left - religious people who honor their faith and heritage.
Wirathu, whose name coincidentally sounds very close to that of *Viriathus, a leader of a major Celtiberian revolt against Roman rule in Hispana, has initiated campaign to protect the religion and cultural inheritance of the people of Myanmar (Former Burma). One of his plans is to have Buddhists patronize establishments owned by their coreligionists as opposed to those of Muslims. The symbol that he has designated to mark his campaign is "969". In an echo of the pre-independence campaign of non-importation in which American colonists engaged to support local business while denying the loss of hard cash to Great Britain, Buddhist businesses are expected to post the 969 outside of their establishments.
What the Western media have not surprisingly left out is that Muslims in the same country have utilized a similar plan. The use of "786", a Koranic reference, has been going on some time before the maligned 969 campaign began. Buddhist activists hold that Muslims in their country have been the beneficiaries or loans from other Muslims nations, that Muslims have long supported businesses owned by their own coreligionists, and that these have worked to spread Islam in a traditionally Buddhist nation. As expected, there also have been numerous reports of young girls being raped.
The Leftist media, in this case with even FoxNews joining in with the assault, have made Wirathu out to be a racist monster for his efforts to put a stop to the steady creeping of Islam in his nation.
As noted in works such as Samuel Huntington's The Clash of Civilizations, only a tiny minority of the various ongoing conflicts between different peoples or groups do not include one participant which does not claim Islam as its religion. These conflicts, which again overwhelming comprise of one Muslim side, are euphemistically refereed to as "ethnic tensions" or "sectarian clashes". Like those in the US and Western Europe who, in recognition of the threats to the identifies and security of their respective nations, call for integration and reductions in immigration, even non-Western/white individuals who take similar actions are hit with the labels of fascist, Nazi, and racist.
The logo for the 969 movement includes symbolism used by Asoka, the greatest ruler of the Maurya dynasty. This dynasty ruled over a large empire, which included the lands of modern Afghanistan in which the Bamiyan Buddhas once stood until the tolerance of Islamic took its toll. Wirathu no doubt is fully aware of what will be in store for his people if, a few generations from now, Myanmar becomes a Muslim-majority country.
Notes on *,**,and ***, are at bottom.
-Excerpts from Gates of Vienna:
The GOV post is linked near the top and should be read in its entirety.
"The [Mainstream media] article also depicts Wirathu as a criminal and a creator of conspiracies: “His credo was and is that the Burmese Buddhists must protect themselves against the ‘Muslim conspiracy’, because if not, then the country will turn Islamic at the latest in 100 years”. And another article goes on saying that “Wirathu’s rhetoric is flush with conspiracy and paranoia. He claims that Muslim merchants receive cash injections from Middle East oil state brethren and use these funds to undercut Buddhist rivals.”
Sound familiar? Has the concept of Eurabia also not been declared to be a hoax and a colourful conspiracy theory? Have those warning about Eurabia** not been treated as paranoid mavericks and fuellers of “Islamophobia”?...........
This economic aspect of the issue allows us to draw our attention to another important feature of Wirathu’s initiative. According to another MSM article:
“This crisis is erupting in concert with the fast-spreading 969 campaign, which draws its code from a numerological arrangement of Buddhism’s core teachings. It is ostensibly a pride movement that urges Buddhists to patronize Buddhist shops. But the loudest proponents of 969, a set of nationalist monks, urge followers to avoid all shops unwilling to fix the 969 emblem to their storefronts. […]”
As one may have already guessed, this was dubbed as racist and nationalistic behavior, a sign of utter intolerance towards Muslims, a merciless “crusade” (it seems that the term “crusader” applies from now on not only to those of Christian faith; when it comes to “discrimination” against Muslims, certain words are suddenly granted an endless freedom of usage) against shops owned by Muslims. A Buddhist vendor was so daring as to declare that “‘Buddhists should go with Buddhists,’ he added, his eyes darting to a trio of Muslim men standing nearby and his voice lowering to an uneasy whisper. ‘And Muslims should go with Muslims.’”........
But, as always, the MSM forgets to convey the other side of the story, that which uncovers the full picture about the activities of the Burmese Rohingya Muslims.
Wirathu again: “Well, it is not the Burmese way, but a Muslim way and they do practice this [marking their shops with “786”]. So go around town and see how many Muslims visit Burmese shops. If they support their own shops, why won’t we Buddhists [Burmese] do the same? If we support our Burmese shops, we will not have problems and it cannot be that bad. Look what happened in Meikhtila; if people supported the Burmese gold shops then there would not have been an argument. [The unrest in Meikthila supposedly began as a fight between a Muslim gold shop owner and a Buddhist customer.] This kind of buying behavior doesn’t mean it’s discrimination. It can protect our people’s interests............"