Sunday, January 26, 2014

Myanmar's Buddhists Subject of Worldwide Media Attacks

I certainly do not condone violent acts against innocents, and I am repulsed by mob violence, but there appears to be a dog-pile of media coverage that portrays Myanmar's/Burma's Buddhists as bloodthirsty monsters.

An internet search on the conflict between Buddhists and Muslims in that nation will yield page after page of the same claims - that Myanmar's Buddhists are thugs, Nazis* (links at bottom), and regularly engaging in violence against innocent Muslims.

When I search for the better part of an hour and still can't find a single article that presents the perspective of the Buddhists - or even a neutral article that treats both sides, something is dreadfully wrong

The Buddhists are - as we say in the US "being set up". They are being subjected to a coordinated attack that is far more damning than that which is directed at the Israelis. 

All types of ethnic or sectarian strife have enormously complicated origins, and these are rarely squashed except by brute force. This appears to be exactly what the UN, the media, and Leftists around the world want. The people of Myanmar are apparently not going to tolerate violence committed by Muslims in their nation, and the UN is determined to put a stop to any people who will not acquiesce to Islamic aggression.

It should also be noted that the UN has wanted to crush the army of Myanmar for a long time, and a story about oppressed Muslims may be the perfect excuse to justify armed action.

The cadre that still likely has most of the power in Myanmar is understandably not liked by most, but I have no option than to be very suspicious of the claim that Buddhists are the primary aggressors in this conflict. Buddhists are not known to be prone to violence.

For the moment, I can't recall a single region in which Buddhists have been known to engage in or initiate sectarian violence. As Samuel Huntington noted in The Clash of Civilizations, however, there are pathetically few ongoing conflicts euphemistically labeled ethnic strife or sectarian violence in which one of the parties involved are not Muslim. It was the same author who correctly noted that "Islam has bloody borders".

What Muslims are fond of doing is making themselves out to be the victims in these conflicts. The media, eager to discredit Christians and Jews while extolling the supposed virtues of Islam, routinely give us a rosy picture of the Religion of Peace. Leftists, knowing that Muslims consistently vote for Socialist or Labor political parties, import ever-increasing amounts of adherents of a belief system that has no no room for the concept of sovereign nations. The Left wants to do away with independent nations, so Muslim immigrants are the perfect tool to transform the electorates of Europe. When they engage in acts of violence in their new homes, we are assured that they are acting contrary to the teachings of the Koran.

Muslims tend to get a free pass when any kind of violence is used. When homes are torched or people murdered as a result of cartoons, a plainly factual Papal statement, a less-flattering video or anything else that may result in mobs of angry Muslims, it is never their fault.

But, when Buddhists strike, we asked to believe that it is their fault.

"The United Nations has confirmed that at least 48 Muslims appear to have been killed when Buddhist mobs attacked a village in an isolated corner of western Myanmar, a massacre that has been the vehemently denied by the government since it was first reported by The Associated Press just over a week ago.

Presidential spokesman Ye Htut said he "strongly objects" to the U.N. claims and that the facts and figures were "totally wrong."

Myanmar, a predominantly Buddhist nation of 60 million people, has been grappling with sectarian violence since June 2012.

The incident in Du Chee Yar Tan, a village in northern Rakhine state, appears to be the deadliest in a year, and would bring the total number of mostly Muslims killed in violence nationwide to more than 280. Another 250,000 people have fled their homes.

Northern Rakhine — home to 80 percent of the country's 1 million long-persecuted Muslim Rohingya population — is off-limits to foreign journalists and humanitarian aid workers have limited access, adding to the difficulties of confirming details about the violence. Attacks began Jan. 9 and peaked in the early hours of Jan. 14, according to residents.

Buddhist Rakhine mobs, seeking retaliation for the abduction and killing of a police officer by Rohingya villagers, entered under the cloak of darkness with knives, sticks and guns and went on a killing spree, residents in the area told the AP on condition of anonymity because they feared reprisals. Many of the victims were women and children, hacked to death by the mobs, they said.

The humanitarian aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres, or Doctors Without Borders, said it has treated 22 patients, some with wounds It appealed to the government for safe access to the affected populations, many of whom are still in hiding.

Though the village has been sealed off by security forces, Matthew Smith of Fortify Rights, an independent human rights group, said some residents have been able to return during the day and, as of Wednesday, reported that some bodies were seen in abandoned homes.......

The first reports about the massacre occurred as Myanmar was hosting foreign ministers of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations as chair of the regional bloc.

It was supposed to be an event showing how far the country had come since ending a half-century of military dictatorship two years ago and handing over power to a nominally civilian government. The government of President Thein Sein, himself a former army general, has won international praise for implementing political and economic reforms, but it has also been criticized for failing to investigate and prosecute those responsible for killings linked to sectarian violence.

In many cases security forces have either stood by and watched as Buddhist mobs went after Muslims with machetes and clubs. Other times they have been accused of actively taking part........."

To use another old phrase "Something smells rotten in Denmark". Myanmar's Buddhists are in all probability not the primary aggressors in this conflict. 

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