Burma: Buddhist Mobs Burn Down Muslim Homes and Shops

The Guardian, August 25, 2013

Fresh sectarian violence broke out in north-western Burma late on Saturday when Buddhist mobs burned down dozens of homes and shops following rumours that a young woman had been sexually assaulted by a Muslim man. There were no reports of injuries.

Myanmar’s radical monk Wirathu, whose anti-Muslim rhetoric has placed him at the centre of rising religious violence, said on his Facebook page that hundreds of people took part in the riot on the outskirts of Kantbalu.

A crowd surrounded the police station demanding that the suspect be handed over, said a police officer from the area, who asked not to be named because he did not have authority to speak to the media.

When police refused, they started setting buildings on fire, he said.

About 35 houses and 12 shops, most belonging to Muslims, were destroyed before calm was restored, he said.

Predominantly Buddhist Burma has been grappling with sectarian violence since the country’s military rulers handed over power to a nominally civilian government in 2011.

More than 250 people have been killed, most of them Muslims, and 140,000 others forced to flee their homes.

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  • logwarrior

    Nobody likes muslims.

    • IstvanIN

      Actually, more accurately, Muslims don’t like anyone.

      • APaige

        Both are correct.

        • joesolargenius

          Actually more accurately Muslims probably don’t like each other either as they were warring tribes for hundreds of years !

          • Formerly_Known_as_Whiteplight

            Until very recently this was also true of Christianity. Read the history. The struggle between Protestants and Catholics in Ireland is barely beneath the surface and was active most of my life. It was the left over from the English Civil War and the Wars of the Reformation that tore Europe apart for centuries. Along with that, we had the Inquisition as an outgrowth of the Albigensian Crusade against “heretics” in Southern France (13th century) to persecute all that appeared or were accused of straying from Church Doctrine. (I don’t think there is a Christian today that would pass the Inquisition). We had religious violence in the 19th century right here in the U.S. I don’t like Islam, it is ridiculous. But to pretend that Christianity has a better record or is superior somehow is blatantly incorrect.

          • SFLBIB

            You can’t blame Christianity. Whatever violence Christians are guilty of, they did so contrary to the teachings of Christ.

          • Formerly_Known_as_Whiteplight

            You don’t know much about the history of Christianity or the Bible, do you? And if you think Christianity is solely about the Beatitudes, then you must be a liberal.

          • SFLBIB

            You need to improve your reading comprehension. Christianity is not what Christians DO necessarily; it is the message, like the Beatitudes, they are supposed to believe. I’ve never known a message to commit an evil act, but people do.

          • Formerly_Known_as_Whiteplight

            That’s the classic rationalism for the outright hypocrisy of Christians throughout history as well as the excuse for its extremely violent history. I could use this quote, “The fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree, and as is the fruit, so is the tree.” Can YOU comprehend THAT?

          • SFLBIB

            You must be an atheist. If Christianity can kill, so can atheism. Peruse through this website hawaii[dot]edu/powerkills/NOTE1.HTM#FIG and add up all the deaths committed by atheists/atheism. Then find the deaths by Christianity.

          • Formerly_Known_as_Whiteplight

            I am an unbeliever. However, communism is not “atheist,” it is simply unreligious, since Marx recognized the scam that Christianity and religion has historically run on the ignorant and superstitious. Even then, it was a cultural not a systemic cause that saw Stalin and Mao murder in the name of the state. If you study the Yugoslav example, you will see a far different picture. The big difference was that Christianity parades itself as “holy” and clean, while it’s history is bloodier than any other religion, including Islam (so far).

            Atheism a a philosophical premise. As below;

            “All religions are equally sublime to the ignorant, useful to the politician, and ridiculous to the philosopher.”

            In such a context, I would consider myself an atheist. But you are no scholar, nor are your references.

          • OlderWoman

            The Counter Reformation is presently being fought by the Jesuits – the Vatican Assassins.

          • joesolargenius

            I didn’t think I was placing any religion above another in my comment but was trying to show that if they did succeed in conquering any territory they would be reduced to infighting before long

  • ravitchn

    It’s always good to see Muslims getting some of their own medicine. If peaceful Buddhists are attacking adherents of THE RELIGION OF PEACE there must be something we are not being told by our islamophile media.

    • Sick of it

      Read up on what the “Religion of Peace” has done to Buddhists in Afghanistan. This guy ain’t no fool.

  • Jesse James

    Nice to see that some culture somewhere won’t tolerate savages raping their women. We used to be that way and we didn’t have 30,000 plus white women raped by blacks every year.

  • Spartacus

    “Fresh sectarian violence broke out in north-western Burma late
    on Saturday when Buddhist mobs burned down dozens of homes and shops
    following rumours that a young woman had been sexually assaulted by a
    Muslim man. ”

    ———————————————————————————————————————

    Good. Now how about we do the same for Channon Christian, and Eva Helgetun, and Charlene Downes,and all the other of our women raped and killed by these maggots ?

  • MekongDelta69

    Boy – am I ever broken-hearted about THIS. I almost can’t eat dinner (bite, chew, munch, swallow)
    /sarc

    I only wish the Coptic Christians would retaliate in the same way.

    • IstvanIN

      The Copts are in the same position Afrikaners are, a very small minority that would be wiped out if they became too violent.

      • MekongDelta69

        They’ll be wiped out if they don’t do anything at all.

        I don’t know about them, but I was trained to go down fighting.
        (Actually, I was trained to make the OTHER guy go down fighting, but you get the point.)

  • JohnEngelman

    Those Buddhists know how to respond to Muslims. Europeans have become too civilized for their own good. They cannot understand the mentalities of those who are less evolved than they are.

  • I thought Buddhists were zen, this is really discouraging

    • There are different sects oh Buddhism: Zen, Nichiren and so-on.

      • WhiteGuyInJapan

        Still, pretty crazy when Buddhist monks turn violent.

        • Mahound

          Mohammedans can really rub you up the wrong way can’t they.

        • You’re living in Japan and don’t know about the insane level of hostility the Buddhist monasteries over there had for each other?

          They fought each other all the time. I believe it was either Hideyoshi or his predecessor Nobunaga who finally got them under control in the late 1500s.

          Japan is an amazing place; you should get out more while you’re there.

      • NeanderthalDNA

        Even within Zen there are different currents. Rinzai, the samurai version was not the religion of wusses, lol…

      • joesolargenius

        I actually met one of my girlfriends at a meeting of Nichiren Buddhist in 1983 ,where they told me I could get anything I wanted by chanting so I did.I chanted for the girl whom was sitting three rows in front of me and after the meeting I wound up going home with her and then subsequently moving in together. Nine months later I finally succeeded in getting away from her after a long period on an emotional roller coaster and being harassed for not marrying her , Afterward the old proverb (be careful what you asked for) came to mind and I never did that again ,we were still on friendly terms the last time I saw her thirty years ago

    • MekongDelta69

      They are zen.

      “If you dare harm our women, ZEN we’ll burn down everything you have.

  • borogirl54

    These Muslims are from the Rohingya minority that is a stateless people. They have denied citizenship by Burma and are Bengali but they are also not recognized as citizens of Bangladesh . They are descendants of people who brought in by the British to work in agriculture. There has been unrest in Rakhine state in Western Burma against them by Burmese Buddhists who simply want them gone. Several members of this minority group have shown up among the boat people that are trying to cross into Australia.

    • No; they are illegal aliens.

    • Jesse James

      Gosh I hope someone tells the President. I am sure he would like to help by bringing them all over here and giving them grants funded by taxpayers to own and operate gas stations and hotels tax free..

    • Jesse James

      Good intel summary btw thanks.

  • MerlinV

    A Muslim man and his new bride (10):

    • I’ll bet it didn’t pay more than about ten bucks for the little girl.

      • MBlanc46

        Turban. Check. Beard. Check. Sikh.

    • jackryanvb

      She looks very White – could be one of our daughters…. These old, nasty, hairy Muslim men are eying our daughters, while too many of our men are spending their time obsessed with Austrian free market economics.

      • The women of most races are fairer than the men. Look at the girl’s hands. They are darker than her face.

  • Strider73

    Homes and shops are minor-league targets. Top priority should be the mosques.

  • Romulus

    I’ll go with the philosophy over Allah any day of the week.
    Good to see some payback. The muzzies made misadventures centuries ago in the region. They’re calling the monk a radical?! Hah! Isn’t that the pot calling the kettle a genie bottle!!

  • Rhialto

    Both the Muslims and the Buddhists have had their Human Rights brutally violated by White men. Because of this, they displace their aggression toward other victims. What White men should do is provide massive financial aid to those want to remain in Myanmar; bring to the West those who don’t. This would atone in a small measure of previous White male sins.

  • IKantunderstand

    Wow. Who knew Buddhists could be this ferocious? Can Christians?

    • Who knew Buddhists could be this ferocious?

      Anyone who has read about the Rape of Nanking.

      There are some people with whom one just does not jack.

  • NeanderthalDNA

    There’s a certain wisdom in “action-reaction”, a simple beauty.

  • NeanderthalDNA

    The Master of the One Finger Doctrine

    There was once a very well respected Zen master in old Japan known as the “Master of the One Finger Doctrine”. When in the course of discussing something profound he was asked a question the answer of which was difficult to express in words, he had the habit of getting very quiet, smiling distantly, and slowly raising his index finger. This seemed to have the desired effect and in time he became widely known and respected for his strange doctrine.

    One day a distinguished scholar came to talk, and upon encountering his servant boy, inquired as to the whereabouts of the master. The boy impishly aped his master, silently raised his index finger and smirked.

    Later while the scholar and the master were talking, the scholar brought this incident up to the master, thinking it disrespectful.

    When the scholar departed, the Master summoned the boy to his quarters, grabbed his arm, held they boy’s hand down, and cut off his index finger. The boy, bleeding and screaming, fled, but with a word the Master of the One Finger Doctrine stopped him.

    When the boy turned around and looked the master smiled mysteriously and slowly raised his index finger.

    At that moment, the boy was enlightened.

    I have my own “one finger doctrine” but have never used it so wisely nor effectively I must admit…

    Not a wuss religion, lol…

  • My wife’s great grandfather was a successful “Divine Wind” pilot. He wrote a lengthy letter to his superiors, complaining about the way the war was being conducted, and then did that as a protest; he was one of the first.

    I would have done it too.