Sectarian bloodshed grips Myanmar (al Jizz report)
Four Buddhists were injured in the fighting and a fifth was missing, while 59 houses and a mosque have been torched since tensions flared on Saturday, police said. A large security presence was seen in the area on Wednesday. Locals picked through the charred rubble of a burnt-out mosque in one village, according to AFP reporters.
Four major Myanmar Muslim organisations released an open letter to Thein Sein:
Really? What about the security of Christians, Hindus, Buddhists and other minorities in countries where Mohammedans have the upper hand? Does anyone still care?
Tuesday’s attack is the latest in a series of attacks by Buddhists of Muslims in Burma, killing hundreds of Muslims, and displacing hundreds of thousands from their homes, forcing them into refugee camps.
The leader of the Buddhist anti-Muslim jihad is Buddhist monk Ashin Wirathu, who says that he’s just trying to protect Burma from Muslims. He calls his movement the “969” movement, where 969 is a historic Buddhist sign, referring to the nine qualities of Buddha, the six qualities of Buddha’s teaching, and nine qualities of the Buddhist community. 969 is supposed to promote peace and happiness, although Wirathu’s 969 movement is a vehicle promoting violence.
Burma’s president Thein Sein has condemned the violence in general, but has refrained from criticizing Wirathu or the 969 movement. Then there’s opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, who is one of the world’s Nobel Peace Prize winners, but who won’t speak out against Burma’s Buddhists smashing innocent Muslims.
From the point of view of Generational Dynamics it’s pretty obvious that a full-scale crisis civil war building between the Buddhists and the Muslims. (SeeÂ “5-Apr-13 World View — Meiktila, Burma, violence has echoes of Kristallnacht”.) That’s going to explode into a major bloodbath before too much longer.Â LA TimesÂ andÂ CS MonitorÂ andÂ CNN (April)