Sunday May 19, 2013
Why Are Buddhists Committing Genocide Again?Tim King Salem-News.com
Before it was Sri Lanka; now bloody Buddhist hands are robbing life on an epic scale in Burma.
(SALEM) - Buddhist militants are committing genocide again for the second time in only three years, proving that secular violence is increasingly the method of Buddhist regimes that have taken on increasing political-military roles. Three years ago, the Sinhalese Buddhist government of Sri Lanka committed Genocide on the Tamil Hindus and Christians in the country's north, numbers of disappeared are estimated at 160,000. It was the extension of a long and bloody pogrom to eliminate this ancient culture.
Now the Buddhists have turned their blood lust on the Muslims in Burma, or Myanmar, whatever one calls it today, and the list of dead is rising. Burma is the scene of increasing western interest, and it is a violent mess of a place where Rohingya (Arakan) Muslims are being slaughtered in a spate of religious ethnic cleansing.
All the place has known for years and years, is the jack boot military junta that has ruled the people with an iron fist. Now that the eyes of the west are upon it and a new political direction has been taken, it is this ethnic group that is falling through the cracks; their plight ignored by western media.
Myanmar, where the primary exports are heroin and methamphetamine for Thailand's drug market. I have heard horror stories to no end about the terrible drug addiction issues in Bangkok and other cities, where people become shells of human beings from meth-based drugs and the killer h. So a handful of Burmese power players are happy to see the restrictions on trade loosened by Obama, but there will be no positive impact for Rohingya Muslims.
An official with the United Nations, admitted that Rohingya Muslims are one of the most neglected and abused populations in existence. The truth of the matter is that their presence in Arakan dates as far back as the 7th Century.
In other words, there are no legitimate reasons to make this group second-class citizens. They are denied nearly every right, treated as sub-humns, and the government even refuses to issue identification cards or birth certificates to the Rohingya.
Why are they suffering right now?
Because Buddhists are among the world's violent cultures in the modern age, When riled, they operate in mob fashion. They're doing it in Burma and God knows, they did it in Sri Lanka.
In fact it was 29 years ago this month, that Buddhist mobs stormed homes and businesses of Sri Lankan Tamils; laying waste to everything they laid their hands on and murdering more than 3000 human beings. There was rape, there were fires, it was pure carnage and I have heard much about it from first-hand witnesses. That bout of Buddhist violence against innocent Tamil civilians, was set off by the results of a military battle. The resistance force that defended Tamils, the Tamil Tigers, had a firefight with the Sri Lankan Army (SLA) and killed less than twenty SLA soldiers. The Buddhists killed thousands of Tamil civilians in reprisal, over the Tigers' military victory. The Sri Lankan Buddhists take on the face of terrorist very quickly, yet the beleaguered Tamil Tigers would receive the 'terrorist' brand, and then watch their people die by the tens of thousands in a brutal military genocide.
Killer Buddhists, a Jagged Pill to Swallow
Much like the view of the Israelis, Americans are cultured to believe that Buddhists are a kind peace oriented faith but it is only partly true at best. The image of the Buddhist monk's self-immolation in Vietnam in the 1960's has been replaced by the image of a murdering Buddhist slaughtering and raping civilians. The faith has a lot of work to do, it has been ignoring human issues on a level with the worst mankind has witnessed.
Myanmar’s government has not proposed a solution for the Rohingya Muslims; that is a real problem in a modern age, with members of that culture begging for something, anything. They live in conditions that resemble refugee camps and even the Times states that they make up one of the largest groups of stateless people in Asia.
The violence taking place in Myanmar is reportedly in response to the rape and murder of a Buddhist girl in May, which prompted a series of “revenge attacks.” Thousands have died because of the mob violence inspired by a report of a rape and murder.
Ten Muslim men were dragged from a bus and killed in early June. It is also reported that days later, mobs of Muslim men attacked Buddhist villagers, leaving seven people dead, according to Burmese media.
But in an article for New Civilisation, Fahad Ansari wrote:
It has been reported that the attack was in retaliation for the rape and murder of a Buddhist girl in May this year but according to the Burmese Muslim Association and many others, those killed were not even from Rakhine. The suspected perpetrators of the rape were later arrested in the town of Ramree in the far south of the province. Two of them have been sentenced to death and one died in custody.
according to Burmese media...
One key point... there is no media freedom in either Burma or Sri Lanka, the Buddhist governments are the first to kill those who speak out, it is a huge world-level problem. These governments are constantly killing journalists and that is highly documented. Any Burmese media reports that clear the legal channels and make the air, will only reflect the government point of view; it won't be real or true. Perhaps some day even NY Times reporters will be able to put two and two together and not quote these people who are programmed propaganda machines parading as news.
But many view the eternally corrupted and sold out pro-Israel anti-Human Rights newspaper the same way and for these unfortunate Muslims being slaughtered, The New York Times means no relief.
How bad is the problem? Tne official with the United Nations, called the situation facing Rohingya Muslims, a “chronic crisis.”
Reviewing the history of the Arakan Muslims, Ansari describes the terrible problems affecting this ethnic group that are extremely reminiscent of similar issues in places like Palestine and Sri Lanka:
For decades, the Rohingya have routinely suffered abuses by the Burmese army, including extrajudicial killings, forced labour, land confiscation, and restricted freedom of movement. Rohingyas have also faced human rights violations by the army. Using the army to restore order risks arbitrary arrests, enforced disappearances, and torture.
Although state media reports that scores have been killed, rights groups are painting a far bleaker picture which shocks the conscience. Although Western media sources have reported that 80 people have been killed, numerous reports from Rohingya rights groups in the region estimate the number of Rohingya slaughtered at up to 6000 and the displacement of over 90,000.
Looting and rape of Rohingya women and girls by Rakhine Buddhists and the Burmese army is also on the rise. In essence, this is the only latest bout of ethnic cleansing carried out by the state and society against the Rohingya Muslims, described by the UN as “one of the most persecuted minorities in the world.”
In Burma, these Muslims have traditionally been victims of heavy discrimination. They can't own property, they are frequently bordering on starvation, and they are banned from traveling outside of Rakhine. They are not allowed to migrate to Bangladesh.
Bangladesh has been the scene of terrible prejudice and suffering over the years; they were the recipient of a tremendous act of kindness in the 1970's when a British rocker decided to help the people by putting together an amazing benefit concert. Their government today is like the rest, even worse in many cases, as our own Human Rights Ambassador, William Gomes would confirm. He is facing a possible 'Sedition' charge for a poem he wrote about his home country, Bangladesh.
Bangladesh Could Help
Fleeing the tragedy and mayhem, Muslim refugees have piled into boats in an attempt to reach Bangladesh, but it is a country that extends no goodwill toward these fleeing families, instead turning them back and sending them to Myanmar.
If American politicians like Hillary Clinton were interested, they could be tremendously powerful advocates for humanity. But Hillary wants to make business deals for corporate America- not raise her voice for suffering Muslims.
Aung San Suu Kyi, the revered opposition leader in Burma, is close to Washington and yet she is remaining silent over the mass murder of Arakan Muslims. If this is true, it revokes what we have always seen in her; we all have instinctively backed this woman because she's the highly recognized human rights leader, but now only time will tell.
After years of stagnation, change is coming to Myanmar at a rapid pace, though still on the military’s terms. Nonetheless, there is hope that the country is veering away from authoritarianism and Soviet-style economic management that has left the majority of the country’s 55 million people in dire poverty.
Since taking office in March 2011 after deeply flawed elections, President U Thein Sein, a former general, has moved swiftly toward democratization, breaking sharply from the highly centralized and erratic policies of the past.
Mr. Thein Sein’s government has freed a number of political prisoners and taken steps to liberalize the state-controlled economy. It made overtures to Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi, who had been released from house arrest in 2010. In response, in January 2012, Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi and her party, the National League for Democracy, returned to political life, running candidates in parliamentary elections. In April, Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi was elected to Parliament and her party won nearly every seat in the elections — a startling result after her years of detention and the violent suppression of her supporters.
Still, the Parliament remained overwhelmingly controlled by the military-backed ruling party.
Last May, the Obama administration eased the ban on investments in Myanmar; in spite of its absolutely horrible and tragic human rights record. The move followed steps made by the European Union and Australia to suspend sanctions. The New York Times suggests that the motivation was to raise the prospect of a foreign investment boom in one of Asia’s most isolated countries; it fails to mention how few of the profits will go to Burmese people.
The Times also claims that Mr. Thein Sein has made national reconciliation between the Burmese majority and the country’s vast patchwork of ethnic group a priority of his presidency.
You have to love this unquestioned paragraph in the Times article:
"... the tensions near the border with Bangladesh fall outside the scope of reconciliation efforts because they involve people from a Muslim ethnic group, the Rohingya, whose 800,000 members the government does not recognize as citizens."
I don't care if they are a half of one percent; every person in every ethnic group has the same rights as the next person and only the corruption of all of these governments working together, keeps the problem in place.
What of the Great Civil Rights Leader Aung San Suu Kyi?
Every time I see Aung San Suu Kyi with Hillary Clinton, my heart sinks a little more. Each time I realize that this revered woman is palling around with the queen of corporate America, I lose faith, and now I know it has not been without good reason.
Suu Kyi failed to use her European tour to raise awareness of what is happening to the Rohingya; she failed to condemn the actions of the government toward its self-perceived non-people.
She is compromising on the backs of suffering human beings and it is neither fitting or appropriate. Of course she knows it would be difficult to take a position, as the Burmese immigration minister recently said, "There is no ethnic group named Rohingya in our country."
New Civilisation wrote:
Even Suu Kyi, when faced with questions from the audience at a conference at the London School of Economics about why she did not condemn the military more, could only offer a general condemnation of all violence stating that “resolving conflict is not about condemnation, it’s about finding the roots, the causes of that conflict and how they can be resolved in the best way possible.” Yet, it was decades of condemnation of that same regime coupled with sanctions that resulted in Suu Kyi’s own release.
Then, as the article explains, she directly failed the Rohingya people in Ireland:
While in Ireland, Suu Kyi said she did not know whether Rohingyas should be regarded as Burmese or not, a rather sinister statement for someone being treated by the governments of the world as the official head of state.
Despite her fearsome reputation for standing up for human rights, Suu Kyi’s position has to remain silent about the persecution of the Rohingya and where put on the spot, she has failed to defend them and by questioning their right to citizenship, essentially legitimised this persecution.
That is because many of those who are most vocal in wanting to expel them from Burmese territory are part of the country’s pro-democracy movement. If Suu Kyi speaks out in favour of the Rohingya’s claim to Burmese citizenship, she risks alienating some of her most erstwhile allies. Nyan Win, spokesman for the National League for Democracy party to which Suu Kyi belongs, would not comment on Suu Kyi’s position, but said: “The Rohingya are not our citizens.”
I wrote an article this week about a North American Website that absolutely bashes Muslims at their very core, as if some selected writing from more than 1500 years ago in the hands of a bigot could ever be adequately or fairly interpreted, guides young people today trying to survive in this world. The political leaders are all lacking in courage and resolve to do the right thing. Some are obviously culturally impaired and brainwashed; those of us who cover news have long known about Burma's long list of inequities, this experience of the fleeing, terrorized Muslims defines the place as worse than ever; one big festering violation of international law. For the Rohingya, at this point, there is no hope in sight. However it is on our radar and we aren't alone, we will stay with this story.
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Nov-24-2011: Fear, Genocide and Torture in Sri Lanka
Oct-15-2011: Genocide 101: World and Media Apathy
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Oct-01-2011: Sri Lanka in the Crosshairs of Canadian Parliament
Sep-13-2011: Sri Lanka Recalls Diplomat Accused of War Crimes
Jun-20-2011: Sri Lanka's Violence Toward Tamil Minority Continues
Jun-02-2011: UN Experts: Sri Lanka Tamil Genocide Video is Real
May-31-2011: Sri Lanka Tamil Genocide: Killing the Messenger
May-03-2011: Confronting the Tamil Genocide in Sri Lanka
Apr-27-2011: Tamil Genocide in Sri Lanka Emerges Into Public View
Tim King: Salem-News.com Editor and WriterTim King has more than twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. Tim is Salem-News.com's Executive News Editor. His background includes covering the war in Afghanistan in 2006 and 2007, and reporting from the Iraq war in 2008. Tim is a former U.S. Marine who follows stories of Marines and Marine Veterans; he's covered British Royal Marines and in Iraq, Tim embedded with the same unit he served with in the 1980's.
Tim holds awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing from traditional mainstream news agencies like The Associated Press and Electronic Media Association; he also holds awards from the National Coalition of Motorcyclists, the Oregon Confederation of Motorcycle Clubs; and was presented with a 'Good Neighbor Award' for his reporting, by the The Red Cross.
Tim's years as a Human Rights reporter have taken on many dimensions; he has rallied for a long list of cultures and populations and continues to every day, with a strong and direct concentration on the 2009 Genocide of Tamil Hindus and Christians in Sri Lanka. As a result of his long list of reports exposing war crimes against Tamil people, Tim was invited to be the keynote speaker at the FeTNA (Federation of Tamil Sangams of North America) Conference in Baltimore, in July 2012. This is the largest annual gathering of North American Tamils; Tim addressed more than 3000 people and was presented with a traditional Sri Lanka ‘blessed garland’ and a shawl as per the tradition and custom of Tamil Nadu
In a personal capacity, Tim has written 2,026 articles as of March 2012 for Salem-News.com since the new format designed. Serving readers with news from all over the globe, Tim's life is literally encircled by the endless news flow published by Salem-News.com, where more than 100 writers contribute stories from 23+ countries and regions.
Tim specializes in writing about political and military developments worldwide; and maintains that the label 'terrorist' is ill placed in many cases; specifically with the LTTE Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka, where it was used as an excuse to slaughter people by the tense of thousands; and in Gaza, where a trapped population lives at the mercy of Israel's destructive military war crime grinder. At the center of all of this, Tim pays extremely close attention to the safety and welfare of journalists worldwide. You can write to Tim at this address: email@example.com. Visit Tim's Facebook page (facebook.com/TimKing.Reporter)
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