In early June (2012), the Rakhine State of Western Myanmar saw extensive violence and rioting between ethnic Burmese Buddhists and their ethnic Rohingya Muslim neighbours that was so destructive in its viciousness, that tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims were forced from their homes, and to flee for safety to neighbouring countries.
Burmese Buddhists living in the Rakhine State view themselves as ‘ethic’ inhabitants of Myanmar, and state that Islamic militants regularly attack their villages and Buddhist temples, carrying-out acts of rape, torture and murder. The point of this activity is to ‘cleanse’ the area of the ethnic Burmese and their Buddhist culture.
President Obama – the architect of a resurgent neo-Nazism in the Ukraine and a supporter of Israeli terrorism – congratulates Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi
Like the Noble Peace Prize winner – the 14th Dalai Lama – who continuously advocates violence in China whilst calling for peace in the West, Aung San Suu Kyi – also a Noble Prize Winner – appears to be condoning governmental and ethnic violence against the Rohingya minority in Myanmar, whilst ‘ignoring’ calls from both within and outside of Myanmar, condemning that country’s treatment of the Rohingya.
Criticism is an important and central aspect of Buddhism. However, the Buddha taught that such a process should be ‘truthful’ if it is to be effective.
‘The Buddhist Scriptures tell us that when Gotama was twenty-nine years old, he saw for the first time an Old man, a Sick Man, a