Buddhists in Myanmar understand war on terror is more than words

When Buddhists begin to protest something is wrong, but it is just another example of the invasive nature of global Islamism. Photo: Buddhists monks pray for peace Photo: intellasia.net

CHARLOTTEAugust 18, 2013 Buddhist monks are rising against the tide of radical Islam.

Ashin Wirathu, a popular Buddhist monk in Myanmar, preached to thousands of his worshippers about the Muslim minority in his country. Wirathu referred to the group as “the enemy.”

“You can be full of kindness and love, but you cannot sleep next to a mad dog. I call them troublemakers, because they are troublemakers,” said Wirathu.

Riling peace loving saffron robed monks of south Asia is difficult, but if you study Islamic teachings, history and current events you understand why even Buddhists will revolt to preserve their religion, identity and culture.

Why, then, is it so difficult for the West to grasp what Buddhists already know as reality? Because Buddhists in Myanmar and Thailand and elsewhere in the region are living the horror. Meanwhile the United States is isolated with namby-pamby words from an apathetic president and his willing allies in the media who ignore the problem while hoping it will all go away. Guess what? It won’t.

Raymond Ibrahim puts it another way, “an acquaintance with history…proves 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.”

One of those nations in the 7th century that was 90% Christian was Egypt.

Citing the words of Indonesian priest, Fr. Danile Byantoro, “For thousands of years my country (Indonesia) was a Hindu Buddhist kingdom. The last Hindu king was kind enough to give a tax exempt property for the first Muslim missionary to live and to preach his religion. Slowly the followers of the new religion were growing, and after they became so strong the kingdom was attacked.

“Those who refused to become Muslims had to flee for their life to the neighboring island of Bali or to a high mountain of Tengger, where they have been able to keep their religion until now. Slowly from the Hindu Buddhist Kingdom, Indonesia became the largest Islamic country in the world.”

Legitimate warnings from knowledgeable people who paint a dire picture of the global Islamist movement.

If Buddhists can see it and respond, so should we.

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About the Author: Bob Taylor is a veteran writer who has traveled throughout the world. Taylor was an award winning television producer/reporter/anchor before focusing on writing about international events and the people and cultures around the globe. He is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com) and his goal is to visit 100 countries or more during his lifetime.

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Bob Taylor has been travel writer for more than three decades. Following a career as an award winning sports producer/anchor, Taylor’s media production business produced marketing presentations for Switzerland Tourism, Rail Europe, the Finnish Tourist Board, Japan Railways Group, the Swedish Travel & Tourism Council and the Swiss Travel System among others. He is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com) and his goal is to visit 100 countries or more during his lifetime.


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