Burma's Buddhists need to confront their unmistakable racism and start walking the walk of Metta




In this photo taken Thursday, Nov 29, 2012, opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi , in green, listens to a injured Buddhist monks who suffered burn injuries when security forces cracked down protesters in a hospital in Monywa, northwestern Myanmar. Opposition leader Suu Kyi is urging a negotiated resolution to protests over a military-backed copper mine in northwestern Myanmar after the government's biggest crackdown on demonstrators since reformist President Thein Sein took office last year. (AP Photo) 


Upon reading the news of the outraged Burmese Buddhist public over President Thein Sein's order to firebomb anti-mine protesters at 02:55 hr on 29 November,

 I can't help thinking this:

we would have been able to prevent the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya.-- if only we as a predominantly Buddhist public had shown the kind of popular outrage that the Burmese Buddhists are showing towards Thein Sein's racist and Neanderthal regime in Naypidaw when the news of the brutal slaughter of 10 Muslim pilgrims in Rakhine State on 4 June broke.

Don't get me wrong.


I am as deeply outraged as any Burmese Buddhist by the circulating images of fire-bombed monks and novices and the eyewitness testimonies of how brutal the regime's security troops were towards the monks who were sleeping in the protest camp outside China's WenBao Company in the upcountry dry zone outside Monywa.   Apparently, Thein Sein regime's brutality was to drive fear down the spine of anyone who would dare to protest against the economic assets and joint ventures between China and the Burmese military conglomerate, namely  Myanmar Economic Holdings Inc.

Yes, we ought to be outraged against the regime's firebombing of our monks.  But at the same time, let's keep things in perspective.  

How many monks suffered firebombs ?

About 40.

How many died. None. 

How many Rohingyas were burned alive to death?

We will never know.  Hundreds of Rohingya were reportedly slaughtered.  Many were burned alive, and over 110,000 Rohingya made refugees.


The Burmese public - and its populist Dear Leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, need to come to terms with the ugly reality of their detectable state of mind, most specifically, the country's popular racist hypocrisy.




Buddhism is about humanity, compassion, kindness and being good. 

If we can only feel a sense of injustice, compassion, and outrage for those who have the same skin, faith, faces, language and culture we have not learned to be Buddhist.

Do not soil the atheistic Buddhist philosophy by wearing your compassionless, racist "Buddhism" on your sleeves. 

2 comments:

  1. THE MILITARY'S BURMESE DEMOCRACY AND THE PROCESS OF BENGALICING THE MYANNARESE INDIGENOUS ROHINGYA

    People are dying in the Rohingya concentration camps in Arakan. Medical supplies are not allowed to reach these people, NASAKA harasses them regularly in camps and ask them to sign and acknowledge as Bengalis.

    Rohingyas wants to be called as the Rohingya but the government forces them to accept the name Bengali. Rohingyas know it very well that it is to get rid of them because they are racially and religiously different from the Buddhist Rakhines.

    Rohingyas are a people who once had their houses, business, family, land and a pair of cows to cultivate their land. They even had their citizenship until 1982. These people were born of parents whose ancestors had lived in Arakan before Burma occupied Arkan in 1784.

    Beginning from 1962 the notorious Burmese General Ne Win with the Rakhine ultra nationalists began the campaign of exterminating the Rohingyas from Arakan. The oppression continued but in June and October 2012 finding Suu Kyi on their side the Rakhine war criminals and the monks jointly led a genocidal campaign through burning Rohingya houses and killing Rohinga people and the army in the name of protecting them escorting the survivors to concentration camps. Now people are dying in the concentration camps.

    We are asking the military backed government to stop Bengalicizing the Rohingya,
    To allow medical aid to the Burmese Rohingya
    To resettle the Rohingyas back to their lost homes.
    To return the Rohingyas their citizenship rights.

    We know that there is no made in Burma, Burmese democracy by the junta. Human rights is the foundation of every democracy which should be uniformly restored including the Rohingya. For Suu Kyi who is playing with Safron fire should know that she is bringing religion in politics.

    Additionally, she shouldn't misrepresent Noble Prize glorifying the Burman chauvinism. Such as award should be respected for providing an international moral leadership. That includes her leadership in Burma as well. Lately, Suu Kyi's Buddhist love in Burmese fanatic monks appear to encourage Buddhist extremism and Burmese racism.

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  2. highly creditable n warmly welcome to honorable Dr. Zarni. there is nothing to be suspicious that in deed u r a high rank person of 21st century around the world; of course my writings will be chastised severely by some of the untamed Myanmarese learned persons because they read the writings of text books but did not concentrate to the teachings of the text books.it is sure that Myanmar has human titled person may be less than 99.9% as approximately most of the Myanmarese activists are shamefully absent minded to raise up their voices concerned the brutalities against ethnic minorities Kachin,sahn,karenni,muslim particularly Rohingya. dear honorable intellectual sir Dr. zarni u r in the hearts of truth lovers n till doomsday u will be alive in our hearts.let' s cast poll for our sir zarni to be nominated in the upcoming Noble peace price award ceremony 2013.

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