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Raymond Ibrahim: West Misses Point—and Lesson—of Buddhist Anti-Muslim Sentiment

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West Misses Point—and Lesson—of Buddhist Anti-Muslim Sentiment

February 25, 2015 - 7:54 pm
by Raymond Ibrahim
Randomness. Randomness everywhere! Why is the west avoiding the root causes of "Buddhist militancy?"
The fact is, as in other countries where they are minorities, Muslims in Buddhist nations often initiate violence and mayhem.  In Buddhist-majority Thailand, where Muslim minorities are concentrated in the south, thousands of Buddhists — men, women, and children — have been slaughtered, beheaded, and raped, as Muslims try to cleanse the region of all “infidel” presence. (Click here for graphic reports and images that shed light on why Buddhists are becoming increasingly anti-Muslim.)
Accordingly, Wirathu, the “radical” Buddhist monk cited by FT, NYT, and Al Jazeera — the latter simply calls him the “Burmese bin Laden” — is on record saying: “If we are weak, our land will become Muslim.”  The theme song of his party speaks of people who “live in our land, drink our water, and are ungrateful to us” — a reference to Muslims — and how “we will build a fence with our bones if necessary” to keep them out.  His pamphlets say “Myanmar is currently facing a most dangerous and fearful poison that is severe enough to eradicate all civilization.”
To this, the NYT scoffs, pointing out that “Buddhism would seem to have a secure place in Myanmar. Nine in 10 people are Buddhist….  Estimates of the Muslim minority range from 4 percent to 8 percent…”
As mentioned, however, in neighboring Thailand, Muslims also make for about 4% but are engaged in a genocide against Buddhists in the south where Muslims are concentrated.
More importantly, history — true history, not the whitewashed versions currently peddled in American schools — demonstrates that for 14 centuries, Islam has, in fact, wiped out entire peoples and identities: what we today nonchalantly refer to as the “Arab World” was neither Arab and almost entirely Christian in the 7th century, when Islam came into being and went on the jihad.   Today, Christians remain a persecuted and steadily dwindling minority.