Monday, April 23, 2018

Robert Spencer, Jihad Watch: Is the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar really just an example of “Buddhist terror”?

ROBERT SPENCER is the director of Jihad Watch, a program of the David Horowitz Freedom Center, and the author of eighteen books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His latest book is Confessions of an Islamophobe. Coming in summer 2018 is The History of Jihad From Muhammad to ISIS (Bombardier Books).
Spencer has led seminars on Islam and jihad for the FBI, the United States Central Command, United States Army Command and General Staff College, the U.S. Army’s Asymmetric Warfare Group, the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), the Justice Department’s Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council and the U.S. intelligence community. He has discussed jihad, Islam, and terrorism at a workshop sponsored by the U.S. State Department and the German Foreign Ministry. He is a consultant with the Center for Security Policy.
Spencer is a weekly columnist for PJ Media and FrontPage Magazine, and has written many hundreds of articles about jihad and Islamic terrorism. His articles on Islam and other topics have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Examiner, the New York Post, the Washington Times, the Dallas Morning NewsFox News OpinionNational ReviewThe Hill, the Detroit NewsTownHall.comReal Clear Religion, the Daily Caller, the New Criterion, the Journal of International Security Affairs, the UK’s Guardian, Canada’s National PostMiddle East QuarterlyWorldNet DailyFirst ThingsInsight in the NewsAleteia, and many other journals. For nearly ten years Spencer wrote the weekly Jihad Watch column at Human Events. He has also served as a contributing writer to the Investigative Project on Terrorism and as an Adjunct Fellow with the Free Congress Foundation.

Is the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar really just an example of “Buddhist terror”?

Last year, the international media focused in horror upon the South Asian country of Myanmar (formerly Burma), which was, according to press reports, destroying the homes, exiling, and often massacring the nation’s Muslim community, known as the Rohingyas.
According to news reports, this was entirely the fault of Buddhist leaders in Myanmar who were stirring up hatred against the Muslims. This was the media’s consistent line: in 2013, Time Magazine’s cover featured a Buddhist monk glowering over the caption: “The Face of Buddhist Terror: How Militant Monks Are Fueling Anti-Muslim Violence in Asia.” When the violence intensified in 2017, the UK’s Guardian claimed that the Buddhists of Myanmar had been stirred up against the Rohingyas by a fanatical monk named Ashin Parathu, who was, it charged, “stoking religious hatred across Burma. His paranoia and fear, muddled with racist stereotypes and unfounded rumors, have helped to incite violence and spread disinformation.”
The government of Myanmar denied committing any atrocities against the Rohingyas, asserting that many widely reported incidents had been fabricated, but the media generally brushed aside these denials. Few news outlets reported that the conflict had intensified in the summer and fall of 2017 because of an August 2017 jihad attack on Myanmar police and border posts. And hardly any news reports informed the public about the roots of the conflict: the Rohingya Muslims had actually been waging jihad against the Buddhists of Myanmar for nearly two centuries.
I tell the truth that has not been told about the jihad against the Buddhists of Myanmar in my forthcoming book The History of Jihad From Muhammad to ISISDiscover:
  • The shockingly bloody centuries of jihad in India and its environs that set the stage for the modern-day conflict with the Rohingyas;
  • The foreign power that enabled and encouraged Muslim settlement in Arakan, an area in western Burma now known as Rakhine state;
  • How the Rohingya Muslims renewed their jihad against the Buddhists during World War II;
  • Rohingya attempts to create an Islamic state in Burma
  • How the Rohingya began the present conflict with the Buddhists of Myanmar;
  • Much more.
 n this age of rampant disinformation, it is essential to arm yourself with the truth. Preorder The History of Jihad From Muhammad to ISIS here now.