ARMED MUSLIM INSURGENTS STARTS VIOLENCE IN MYANMAR
Posted on August 28th, 2017

Dr. Daya Hewapathirane

On Thursday August 23, 2017, a few hours after Annan presented the commission’s report, violence broke out in the western Rakhine state when armed Muslim insurgents attacked security guards in the border region with Bangladesh.

At least 71 people, including 12 security personnel, have been killed in these deadly clashes. Fighting continues in the area and the death toll is expected to rise.

In a speech following the Thursday attacks, Kofi Annan appealed to all parties to abstain from violence. “I strongly urge all communities and groups to reject violence. After years of insecurity and instability, it should be clear that violence is not the solution to the challenges facing Rakhine state,” Annan said.

It is important to note that IT WAS THE ARMED MUSLIM INSURGENTS WHO STARTED THE VIOLENCE that followed the Kofi Annan Commission Report.

BUDDHIST MYANMAR’S DILEMMA: THE VIOLENT MUSLIM INSURGENTS

The Muslim community associated with Myanmar or former Burma, known as Rohingya Muslims are not indigenous to Myanmar. They are a relatively recent migrant community of Myanmar. Most of these Muslims are illicit immigrants who migrated from Muslim neighborhood regions of Bengal India during the British colonial period and later from East Pakistan or the present Bangladesh. The Myanmar government s of the past and present  do not consider Rohingya Muslims as legitimate citizens of Myanmar. The people of Myanmar consider the Rohingya people as illegal immigrants. Myanmar’s Muslims account for an estimated 04% of the total Myanmar population of about  60 million. In 2012, there were about 800,000 Rohingya Muslims living in Rohang, the western state of Myanmar known officially as Rakhine or Arakan.

THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLE OF BURMA (MYANMAR)

 The indigenous people of Myanmar are ethno-linguistically Sino-Tibetan and are predominantly Buddhists as opposed to the Rohingya Muslims who are ethno-linguistically related to the Indo-Aryan Bengali people of India and Bangladesh and their religion is Islam.  The language spoken by the Rohingya Muslims is different from that of the indigenous people of Myanmar. It is derived from  a Indo-Aryan sub-branch of the greater Indo-European language family and is closely related to the Chittagonian language spoken in the southernmost part of the present Bangladesh bordering Myanmar.  Therefore, culturally the Rohingya  Muslims are quite different to the indigenous people of Myanmar.

ROHANG AND THE RAKKHITA BUDDHIST COMMUNITY

 It was mostly during the British colonial period that these Muslim people crossed the borders and settled in border regions of Burma, concentrating largely in Rohang which was also known as Rakhine or Arakan, located in the immediate neighborhood of Bengal. Their numbers increased substantially during the British colonial period, and thereafter. Rakhine State consists of a population of about 3,8 million, with the indigenous Rakhine people forming the overwhelming majority in the State, who live mainly in the lowland valleys.  Most of the indigenous people living in Rakhine State adhere to Theravada Buddhism. In spite of the government rule limiting Muslims to two children per family, the Muslim population in Myanmar shows an increasing trend.

According to historians of Myanmar, the name ”Rohingya’ is of recent origin and appears to have been created in the1950’s, by the descendants of the Muslim Bengali people who settled down in the Rohang or Arakan region of Myanmar. The name Rohingya has not been used or recognized in the Burma population census conducted by the British in the year 1824.  It is also noteworthy that the name Rohingya is not found in any historical source in any language before the 1950’s.

Rohang is an important  region of Myanmar inhabited from ancient  times by the Rakkhita, Rakkha or Rakhaing people, who belong to the indigenous Buddhist community of  Burma.  From historic times, this was a highly respected Burmese community, well known for the honourable life they led. They were well known for their contribution to the development  and preservation of the national cultural heritage and Buddhist spiritual values.  These Rakkhita people had their own language and their livelihood was strongly based on Buddhist principles. The name of the state Rakhine is derived from the Pali word Rakkhita or Rakkhapura which means the land of the Rakhasa” or Rakkha or Rakhaing.

There were striking differences in the customs, traditions and livelihood patterns of the two communities ”…” the indigenous Burmese Buddhists of the Arakan region, especially the Rakkhita community and the Muslim immigrants from Bengal. These cultural incompatibilities and differences resulted in open conflicts between the two communities, which were well evident from about the mid 20th century.  Soon violence broke out in the Arakan region and the Muslim Rohingyas became a serious threat to the people of Myanmar. Occasional isolated violence involving Myanmar’s majority Buddhist and minority Muslim communities has occurred for decades, even under the authoritarian military governments that ruled the country from 1962 to 2011.

BRITISH RESPONSIBLE FOR AGGRAVATION OF THE PROBLEM

 According to Aye Chan, a historian at the Kanda University, communal violence between the Arakanese or the indigenous Myanmar (Burmese) Buddhists and the Rohingya Muslims began during World War -II in 1942.  The British were primarily responsible for the aggravation of disharmony between the Rohingya Muslims and the indigenous people of Myanmar.

During the World War, when the British were retreating, they took action to arm Muslim groups in Northern Arakan in order to create a buffer zone against the Japanese invasion.  Furthermore, the British promised the Muslims living in Burma (Myanmar) at this time, that if they supported the British during the war, the Muslims will be given their own national area” within Burma.

Once acquiring arms, the Muslim Rohingyas became a serious threat to the people of Myanmar. They soon began a spree of violence against the Buddhists of the Arakan region. They began destroying Buddhist villages in Arakan, using the firearms given to them by the British.  In 1942, a major armed confrontation occurred between the Rohingya Muslims and indigenous Arakanese people  which led to many casualties on both sides.  Rohingya Muslims massacred about  20,000 Arakanese in Buthidaung and Maungdaw townships.  In retaliation, about  5,000 Muslims in Minbya and Mrauk-U Townships were killed by the Arakanese.

In the mid 20th century, Rohingya Muslims living in Arakan organized into several militant groups. They formed an aggressive movement known as the Mujahideen movement which was active during the 1947 to 1961 period.  There were several Mujahideen uprisings in Arakan.  The aim behind the riots of the Rohingya militant groups was to separate the northern part of Arakan, or the Muslim populated Mayu frontier region and create an independent Muslim state for the Rohingya Muslims and annex it to the newly-formed Muslim East Pakistan as an exclusively Muslim country.

In 1947, when a new Islamic country of Pakistan was about to be formed, Rohingya Muslims who had already possessed arms from the British, wanted to obtain a national area” for them within Burma, in accordance to the assurance given to them by the British. They formed the North Arakan Muslim League  and  met  Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, and requested that Mayu region of Myanmar be annexed to East Pakistan which was about to be formed. Jinnah however, was not in favour of such a move. This did not stop the Rohingya Muslims in their agitation for separation from Myanmar.  During the 1960’s and early 1970’s, there were several uprisings which were popularly known as Arakan State Riots.  A widespread armed insurgency started with the formation of a Muslim political party called Jami-a-tul Ulema-e Islam, demanding separation.

The Burmese central government refused to grant a separate Muslim state in the Mayu region and the Muslim militants of Northern Arakan declared jihad on Burma. The Mujahid militants began their insurgent activities in the Buthidaung and Maungdaw townships within the Mayu region that lies on Burma-East Pakistan border, led by a long-term Muslim criminal named Abdul Kassem who was a leader of the Mujahid movement. There was  widespread violence in the Arakanese villagers and the Buddhist Arakanese inhabitants of Buthidaung and Maungdaw were forced to leave their homes. By June 1949, the Mujahid rebels were in possession of all of northern Arakan. In the meantime, the Mujahid extremists encouraged and supported illegal immigration into the Arakan region of thousands of Muslim Bengali people from the over-populated East Pakistan.

 CONTAINING MILITARY OPERATIONS OF MUJAHID MILITANTS

When the rebellion was becoming intensified the Burmese government declared martial law and took firm action to contain the militants. This led to the subjugation of the Mujahid insurgency and the Muslim insurgents fled to the jungles of northern Arakan. Between 1950 and 1954, the Burmese army launched major military operations against the Mujahid rebels in Northern Arakan. All major centres of the Mujahids were captured and several of their leaders were subdued. Towards the end of 1961, most Mujahids surrendered, but some formed small armed groups and continued to loot, harass and terrorize the Burmese Buddhists, especially in remote regions in Northern Arakan.

THE RADICALIST MOVEMENTS (1971-1988)

During Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971, the Rohingya Muslim who resided in the Myanmar-Bangladesh border had the opportunity to collect weapons.  In 1972,  the Rohingya Muslims formed  the Rohingya Liberation Party (RLP) with activities based in the jungles of Buthidaung.  Military Operation conducted by the Burmese Army in 1974 led to many Muslim insurgents fleeing to neighboring Bangladesh.

In March 1978, the Burmese government launched a campaign to check illegal immigrants residing in Burma. This led to many thousands of Rohingyas in the Arakan region crossing the border to Bangladesh.  Arrests of illegal migrants by the Burmese army created unrest in Arakan and as a result, there was a mass exodus of  around 252,000 refugees to Bangladesh.

In late 1982, the Burmese Citizenship Law was introduced and most of the Rohingyas were denied Burmese citizenship. Radical Rohingya militant group took this opportunity to recruit many Rohingya Muslims who were occupying the region along the Bangladesh-Burma border. In the early 1980s, radical Muslims formed the Rohingya Solidarity Organization (RSO) which soon became the most militant faction among the Rohingyas on the Burma-Bangladesh border.  Using the Islam religious card the RSO  was able to obtain various forms of assistance and  support from the Muslim world, including the JeI in Bangladesh and Pakistan, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar’s Hizb-e-Islami (HeI) in Afghanistan, Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM) in the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir and the Angkatan Belia Islam sa-Malaysia (ABIM), and the Islamic Youth Organization of Malaysia.

In 1991 and 1992, there was forced relocation of Muslims by the government and the creation of new Buddhist settlements in Buthidaung and Maungdaw townships. This provoked another mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims to Bangladesh.

CONNECTIONS WITH TALIBAN AND AL-QAEDA (1988-2011)

The military camps of Rohingya Solidarity Organization (RSO) were located in the Cox’s Bazaar district in southern Bangladesh. In 1991, it possessed a large number of military equipment, including light machine-guns, AK-47 assault rifles, RPG-2 rocket launchers, claymore mines and explosives. They were equipped with UK-made 9mm Sterling L2A3 sub-machine guns, M-16 assault rifles and point-303 rifles.  Afghan’s Taliban instructors were associated with RSO camps along the Bangladesh-Burma border. Many RSO rebels were undergoing training in the Afghan province of Khost with Hizb-e-Islami Mujahideen.

The expansion of the RSO in the late 1980s and early 1990s made the Burmese government  launch a massive counter-offensive to clear up the Burma-Bangladesh border. In December 1991, Burmese troops crossed the border and attacked a Bangladeshi military outpost. The incident developed into a major crisis in Bangladesh-Burma relations, and by April 1992, more than 250,000 Rohingya civilians had been forced out of Arakan, western Burma.

In late 1998, Rohingya Solidarity Organization (RSO) and Arakan Rohingya Islamic Front (ARIF) combined to form the Rohingya National Council (RNC) with its own armed wing, gathering the different Rohingya insurgents into one group. In 2001, they underwent training in Libya and Afghanistan, in guerrilla warfare and the use of a variety of explosives  and heavy-weapons. They had several meetings with Al-Qaeda representatives.

Throughout  2012 and in 2013,  there have been a series of riots and much violence in Northern Arakan in the Rakhine State, between extremist Rohingya Muslims  and the indigenous Rakhini or Arakanese  people.   Muslim fanatics are largely responsible for the outbreak of violence. The 2012 riots began after a Rakhine teenage girl was brutally raped and cut into pieces by three Muslim fanatics. This immediately led to an outrage and retaliation by the Rakhine community. This was followed by the extremist Muslims resorting to extreme forms of violence, destroying many villages in their entirety and murdering many innocent people. Those displaced by these riots exceeded 50, 000.  The situation in the Rakhine state remains tense.

In 2013, the worst violence in Myanmar was in Meikhtila city, which resulted in widespread bloodshed  and destruction of property, and the  displacement of nearly 10,000 people who were forced out of their homes. A State of Emergency was declared and the army took control of the city.  The devastation was reminiscent of last year’s clashes between ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and Muslim Rohingya that left hundreds of people dead and more than 100,000 displaced. The struggle to contain the violence has become a major challenge to the government.  Buddhist and Muslim communities live in near-total segregation, constantly fearing more violence. The violence in Meikhtila city began once news spread that a Muslim man had killed a Buddhist monk. Soon, Buddhist mobs rampaged through a Muslim neighborhood and the situation quickly became out of control.

CRIME AGAINST BANGLADESHI  BUDDHISTS

Buddhists of Bangladesh have been subject to untold violence by Muslims in recent years. The Chakmas form the community of Buddhists that inhabit the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh. Chakma Buddhist monks were forced to flee their traditional lands due to Islamic persecution and violence in the early 1990s. Some obtained Indian citizenships and formed the organization called  Peace Campaign Group and are actively focusing on working against human rights violations  systematically carried out by Muslims in Bangladesh.

According to Jumma Buddhists, successive governments of Bangladesh were engaged in implementing a policy of ethnic cleansing to eradicate the indigenous Jumma Buddhists. The government has settled more than 400,000 Muslim settlers in the ancestral lands of Buddhists in the Chittagong Hill Tract region. This encroachment of land owned and occupied previously by Buddhists is said to be continuing on a rapid scale even at present. In addition, more than 100,000 military and paramilitary personnel have been stationed in the Chittagong Hill Tract making life insecure and miserable for the Jumma Buddhist community. The region today is crime prone, characterized by arson, killing, rape, land grabbing, and destruction of Buddhist temples, extra-judicial arrest and detentions. Between 1986 to1989 more than 70,000 Jumma Buddhists have fled Bangladesh and sought refuge in the Tripura state of India.

ARMED STRUGGLE AND PEACE ACCORD

 Violence centering on land issues has been going on in this region since 1978, when the government decided to settle Muslim people in the Chittagong Hill Tracts which is land traditionally owned and occupied by Buddhists.  Many Buddhists were harassed and were forced to leave their traditional land.  Owing to continued harassment the Buddhists collectively protested and launched an armed struggle during the early 1980s, demanding full autonomy for the Chittagong Hill Tracts. This continued for two decades and an Accord was signed between the Jumma People’s political party of the Buddhists and Bangladesh government in December 1997, to withdraw the new settlers and the military from Chittagong Hill Tract. Expecting a peaceful situation following the Peace Accord, many indigenous people who had fled to refugee camps in India during times of violence, started returning home, only to find their land encroached upon by Muslims. The Buddhists allege that the Accord was not respected by the government.

VIOLATION OF BUDDHIST RIGHTS

 Thousands of Jumma Buddhist families who were displaced owing to violence have not been resettled  as yet,  and the number of poverty-stricken Jumma refugees have increased substantially. Among them are thousands of children who are deprived of their education. Human Rights abuses  continue to occur with the military resorting to violence against Buddhists. On 20th April 1999, the military and Muslim settlers attacked the Jumma Buddhists at Babuchara bazaar killing and wounding many Jumma Buddhists.  In recent years Muslim extremism and violent tendencies appear to have intensified. In the early part of 2010, the Chittagong Hill Tracts region was rocked by violence, flaring up decades old ethnic-religious tensions, as Muslim settlers set fire to hundreds of homes of indigenous Buddhists resulting in many deaths and many injuries. Thousands of Buddhists have been left homeless. These attacks were meant to forcibly grab land and properties of Buddhists. This violence was committed in the presence of law enforcement officers  including soldiers who were Muslims. According to Jumma people, Muslim military personnel have been involved in gross human rights violations with impunity, in the Chittagong Hill Tracts for many years. Many indigenous Buddhist people of affected villages continue to live in hiding, in dense forests and some have abandoned their ancestral land and had moved to other villages and are leading desperate lives.

In the last three decades the exclusively Muslim Army of Bangladesh, motivated by religious fanaticism have caused havoc to Buddhists of Bangladesh and destroyed many Buddhist shrines and monasteries. Religious persecution and destruction of places of worship is commonplace in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) even in present times. Religious persecution takes place in the form of torture, murder, intimidation of Buddhist monks and deliberate and systematic destruction of their places of worship. Fanatical Muslims destroyed and desecrated the renowned Navajyoti Buddhist Vihara” (Navajyoti Buddhist Temple) at Lalyaghona Village in Baghaichari Upazillact)  breaking down many Buddha images. Muslim religious fundamentalism and intolerance of Buddhists and other religious minorities are on the rise in Bangladesh. The country’s military has become ruthless in this regard. In 2006, a group of illicit Muslim settlers led by Rafique Uddin destroyed the Buddhist temple of Challyatali village under Longadu, Rangamati and occupied the temple land.

VIOLENCE AGAINST THE THAI BUDDHISTS

 Muslims are a very small minority settler community in Southern Thailand, smaller than the Muslim settler community of Sri Lanka. Their objective is to have a separate country for Muslims in Sothern Thailand. Buddhist civilians and monks have been frequent targets of Muslim attacks in Southern Thailand in recent years. In late 2005, Muslims again started killing Buddhists in Southern Thailand. The bloodshed here could mark a resurgence of a long-simmering Muslim insurgency and, some officials fear, fertile ground for Islamic terrorists. More than 500 people were killed in 2006, in three southern Thai provinces, including attacks targeting Buddhists in possible bids to drive out non-Muslims.

Authorities are investigating possible links between these Muslim separatist groups and Islamic terrorist organizations such as Jemaah Islamiyah, which seeks a pan-Islamic state in Southeast Asia. It is blamed for attacks including the 2002 bombing in Bali that claimed 202 lives. Thitinan Pongsudhirak, an assistant professor of international relations at Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University says We have not yet seen escalation, but I still think we may be headed from bad to worse.” The gruesome fashion of beheadings of Buddhists by Muslim assailants … is not normal violence,” said Pongsudhirak. It is driven by deep animosity and hatred.”

ISLAM AND VIOLENCE  

Buddhists cannot consider Islam as a religion of compassion and peace. Those professing Islam have been the biggest enemies of Buddhists and Buddhism throughout history. There are ample historic records which describe vividly the atrocities committed against millions of Buddhists in several countries. Their criminality has not subsided in spite of their living among other religions in different countries.

It is a well known fact that Buddhism disappeared from India under the sword of Islam. Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, the great Indian Buddhist leader said that there is absolutely no doubt that the fall of Buddhism in India was due to the invasions of the Musalmans or the adherents of Islam. For five centuries, from the 13th to 17th centuries, most parts of India were under Muslim rule. Over 50 million Buddhists and Hindus were massacred by Islamists in greater India (which in the past included   Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afganistan).

Islam destroyed Buddhism not only in India but wherever it went. Before the onslaught of Islam, Buddhism was the religion of almost the whole of Asia – ancient countries/regions such as Bactria, Parthia, Afghanistan, Gandhar, Chinese Turkestan, along with Tibet and Inner Mongolia were Buddhist nations that formed almost the whole of the Asian continent. Buddhism was the dominant religion of the people of this vast area of the Asian continent. Islam destroyed and eliminated Buddhism from almost all these countries.

Those conversant with global affairs, are aware of the fact that, especially in recent years,  Muslims have become a curse to humanity, resorting to violent and unethical means of serving their religious ends, or to ”resolve’ their obsessive religion-based issues and self-created problems.  Peace and harmony in many countries in the West and East,  have been impaired greatly owing to unwholesome actions of Muslim religious fanatics.

MUSLIM EXTREMISM  IN SRI LANKA

Islamic community in Sri Lanka is a small non-indigenous minority amounting to about 9% of the total population. There is clear evidence of disregard and disrespect on the part of most Muslims, for the Buddhist cultural heritage of Sri Lanka. There is evidence of destruction of archeological and historic cultural monuments and remains, especially in areas inhabited by Muslims. The fundamentals of ”Islam’ that are being widely propagated by the Muslims have serious negative implications as far as the national culture is concerned.

Muslim encroachment of traditional Sinhala Buddhist temple land and the demolition of historic sites and archeological remains of Buddhist heritage show the sheer lack of respect for Buddhism and related and cultural heritage of the country that gave them shelter.  The situation does not seem  too different in Myanmar or Thailand.  It was not long ago that Islamic fundamentalists and armed Muslim extremists were inciting violence against legitimate Buddhist activities in the East – Pottuvil region.

In recent years, it is noticeable from their attitude and actions, that the Muslim community in Sri Lanka has posed a threat to this predominantly Buddhist nation, its national culture, way of life and in a covert manner to the democratic principles and rule of law of the country. There is clear evidence of disregard and disrespect on the part of most Muslims, for the Buddhist cultural heritage of the country. They have been instrumental in the destruction of Buddhist archeological remains and historic cultural monuments in areas inhabited by them. During the last few decades, the Muslims have gained strength in Sri Lanka owing to their increased economic power largely owing to tangible and moral support received from Muslim countries and also owing to the political patronage.

The younger generation of Muslims are being brainwashed with extremist Islamic fundamentalism, in the so-called ƒ”¹…”Madrasas or exclusively Muslim schools that have sprung up in the country in recent years. The fundamentals of ƒ”¹…”Islam’ that are widely propagated in these Madrasas  have serious negative implications as far as the national culture is concerned. The younger generation of Muslims are being brainwashed with these extremist Islamic beliefs and practices in these exclusively Muslim schools that have sprung up in the country. Their attire has changed and reflects their inclination to be exclusive and separate from the nation’s mainstream.

Their new male and female attire displays their desire to look different and to be exclusive and separate from the nation’s mainstream. This polarization tendency of the Islamic community is self-imposed. It is definitely not because they feel marginalized. This divisive spirit of Muslims is owing to the influence of Islamic teachings to keep away from non-Muslims who are considered as inferior to Muslims. The Koran forbids Muslims to closely associate non-Muslims. Islam has dualistic ethics with one rule for Muslims and one rule for non-believers and there is no exception to this rule. Today there is increased interest in general, in the country, for the consolidation of national unity and under the circumstances, extreme forms of divisive tendencies of the Muslim community is subject to intense criticism in recent years.

The ƒ”¹…”Halal’ practice of animal slaughter practiced by Muslims is a most repulsive practice involving extreme form of cruelty towards animals, where animals are tied down and their throats slashed, letting their blood ooze out slowly and making animals die on their blood. This is a practice that should not be tolerated in any civilized society.  In a Buddhist society where non-violence towards all living beings is a fundamental tenet, practices of this nature cannot and should not be tolerated under any circumstances.  The deceitful and exploitative nature of the covert halal’ business venture of Muslims has been exposed and action taken against it in recent years.

 Muslims are well known to be running successful businesses in predominantly non-Muslim Buddhist majority areas. They have shown greater interest in furthering their own community interests and not the general public interest. They have not contributed to or invested in activities that are of common benefit, such as on hospitals, schools and other national social welfare activities. It is common practice for Muslims to refrain from hiring non Muslims in their establishments.

In Sri Lanka although they are a relatively small settler community, the Muslims insist on living an alienated and un-integrated life and are  agitating for concessions specified by their Islamic religion and Muslim Shariah law. The interests of the country as a whole is not their concern, because Sri Lanka is not an Islamic country. They are least interested in joining the national mainstream” and work towards national unity and well-being.

RISE IN ISLAMIC FUNDAMANTALISM

In the last few decades, owing to the newfound wealth of oil rich Islamic countries and massive immigration to the West, Islamic fundamentalism has been on the rise and the dormant spirit of Jihadism has been rekindled.  This fervor has been translated into upheavals, revolutions and    terrorism , and world peace has been put in jeopardy. Millions of lives are now in danger. Islam encourages aggressive spirit explicitly.  Muslim believe that he can go to paradise if he kills non Muslims. The Quran tells Muslims to slay the unbelievers wherever they find them (2:191), do not befriend them (3:28), fight them and show them harshness (9:123), and smite their heads (47:4). It prohibits Muslims to associate with their own brothers and fathers if they are non-believers (9:23), (3:28).

Buddhists have been the most victimized and harassed religious community in the world, owing to actions of Muslims guided by their theistic traditions and beliefs. Throughout the ages the Buddhist religion experienced many calamities.  As far back as in the 10th century, as a result of the Muslim invasion of what is modern day Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, the Buddhist religion which formed the basis of life of the people of this part of the world, was viciously wiped out in an act of virtual genocide. In some Asian countries indigenous Buddhist spiritual traditions have been severely weakened by decades of persecution. Muslim terror and atrocities have inflicted severe damage to Buddhism in many Asian countries, some of which were exclusively Buddhist at one stage in their histories. The destruction of the colossal Afghan Bahmian Buddha statues is not the first destruction resulting from Muslim fundamentalism.

The biggest problem with Muslims is their belief that Islam is one and only ƒ”¹…”chosen religion’ and  Muslims are the one and only ƒ”¹…”chosen people’. In an Islamic state people of other faiths are not tolerated. Non-Muslims cannot establish their shrines or  monasteries in any of the Middle Eastern Muslim countries. They cannot hold their religious functions or prayers in public in these countries. No meaningful dialogue on Islam or on the divisive attitudes and activities of Muslims is possible because they unnecessarily feel intimidated whenever  legitimate questions on Islam or the Quran are posed. Those who question are immediately branded as racists or anti Muslim. Most Muslims lack the courage to respond to even the most abject injustices evident in Islamic beliefs and practices. . No Muslim gives any other religion a status of equality with Islam. They fail to realize that true open-mindedness consists of contemplating all premises and weighing the evidence. Reasoning involves deduction and induction. Why do Muslims cause disharmony and bring about conflicts and confrontational situations in all societies they infiltrate? Why?   Buddhists need to be vigilant and need to initiate actions against the abuse of privileges, aggression and misdemeanor by Muslims.

(The contents of the above article was included in an article I wrote in 2013 and published in the Lankaweb)

15 Responses to “ARMED MUSLIM INSURGENTS STARTS VIOLENCE IN MYANMAR”

  1. AnuD Says:

    If you check in thailand, Malay migrent muslims are asking a separate state. It is all over asia including Mongolia. Church behind.

  2. Ibnu Ahmad Says:

    FROM THE PRESS – DHAKA TRIBUNE – 29.8.2017
    ‘We have lost everything’: A resistance born out of persecution.
    The sound of gunfire floats across the Naf river as desperate men, women and children with bullet wounds and other injuries seek refuge and treatment in Bangladesh
    As the violence in Myanmar’s troubled Rakhine state escalates, Rohingya families stream across the border into Bangladesh, bringing with them stories of killings, rape and torture at the hands of Myanmar soldiers.
    The sound of gunfire floats across the Naf river as desperate men, women and children with bullet wounds and other injuries seek refuge and treatment in Bangladesh. What was a tale of persecution and systematic marginalisation is rapidly turning into a full-scale guerrilla war in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.
    Although Aung San Suu Kyi’s government has denied reports of atrocities committed by the army, and accused the Rohingya of setting fire to villages and using child soldiers, independent observers, aid workers and UN officials have condemned what they say is a disproportionate response to Rohingya attacks on police outposts.

    Around 20,000 Rohingyas have gathered on different points of Bangladesh-Myanmar border since Friday
    Sounds of gunshots in Rakhine state are being heard amid the Rohingya persecution by security forces in Myanmar.
    On Friday, at least 89 people including a dozen security force members were killed as Rohingya insurgents reportedly besieged border posts in troubled Rakhine state, prompting the army to launch a new crackdown on the Rohingyas.
    While visiting Myanmar border areas on Monday, this correspondent heard the sound of firing and people’s scream coming from the Rakhine state.
    Around 20,000 Rohingyas have gathered on different points of Bangladesh-Myanmar border since Friday.
    Rohingyas who fled to Bangladesh said security forces had been picking up innocent youths suspecting them the members of insurgent groups.

    The latest outburst of violence marks the intensification of a long-simmering conflict between Yangon and the Rohingya Muslims
    Thousands of Rohingyas are waiting at the border for shelter in Bangladesh in a bid to flee from a fresh spate of violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.
    Their houses were bombarded and torched by the Myanmar army in what they called the fight against insurgency. The atrocities carried out by Myanmar’s army are haunting the Rohingya Muslims, triggering a fresh exodus of refugees to Bangladesh.
    Although the reports could not be independently verified, the fleeing Rohingya families carried consistent accounts of brutal military raids and the use of indiscriminate force against Rohingya villages.
    The latest outburst of violence marks the intensification of a long-simmering conflict between Yangon and the Rohingya Muslims, who are denied citizenship in the predominantly Buddhist Southeast Asian state. The UN has called the Rohingya one of the most persecuted people in the world.
    The Rohingyas, including women and children, have gathered just on the other side of a small canal lying on the international border in Ghumdum area in Naikhongchhori area of Bandarban district.

    This Dhaka Tribune correspondent crossed the small canal to talk to the Rohingyas on the afternoon of August 25. From there, he learned that many of the Rohingya men were ready to join Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) to fight back to regain their rights.
    An estimated 115 Rohingya men have already left Bangladesh to join the ARSA, said the Rohingyas living in makeshift refugee camps. They took their mobile phones with them, but those were found switched off till Saturday night.
    On a visit to the Rohingya camp, this correspondent found recruiters collecting the names of those who wanted to join the ARSA movement and fight against the Myanmar army.
    Some Rohingya men looked anxiously and furiously towards the other side of the canal as they heard the sound of mortar shells and gunshots in the villages adjacent to the border.
    They told Dhaka Tribune that they were not here to enter Bangladesh to flee Myanmar military atrocities; they only wanted to push their family members, including women, children and elderly persons safely through the Bangladesh border.

    “We want to go back to our village to join the fight against the Myanmar military. Either the Myanmar army personnel will die or we. We cannot endure such atrocities anymore. We are all members of Harakat al-Yaqeen, (the former name of ARSA),” said a Rohingya man named Irfan.
    Gunshots and mortar shells have increased since August 25, said several BGB men patrolling the Ghumdum border.
    The Rohingya men waiting at the border did not seem afraid of those heavy firing and sound of the mortars, rather they were motivated to fight back.
    Dhaka Tribune received an audio clip of ARSA chief Ata Ullah aka Abu Umar Al Junoni from the ARSA followers and supporters. Ata Ullah said: “I am not fighting to grab power. If there are any Rohingya brothers who are ready to fight, please join us, please save our mothers and sisters.”
    Several Rohingyas sent pictures of ARSA leaders and fighters to the Dhaka Tribune, claiming they were freedom fighters.
    Dhaka Tribune could not contact ARSA leaders directly as ARSA followers said their leaders were in the battle field.
    Sources said ARSA was fighting with a small team, but it was getting larger as many Rohingyas were joining them.
    The Central Committee for Counter Terrorism of Myanmar, in a statement published on August 25, declared armed attackers and ARSA as terrorist groups in accordance with the Counter-Terrorism Law of the country, China’s Xinhua news agency reported.

    But the ARSA followers and members told Dhaka Tribune that they started the movement as the Myanmar military’s atrocities became intolerable.
    ARSA in its Twitter page claimed they began the resistance as a defence against the Myanmar military and security forces.
    ARSA supporters also said that several Rohingya Muslims had been killed in Maungdaw, Rathedaung and Buthidaung townships in the Rakhine state, but there were no Buddhist casualties during the crackdown.
    Supporter claimed their leader Ata Ullah and fighters were not targeting the Rakhine people, rather their target was the Myanmar military.
    Humanitarian crisis
    In many videos provided by several Rohingyas, hundreds of Rohingyas in Rathedaung were seen hiding in the nearby forests and mountains to escape the military atrocities. They were afraid of further Myanmar security forces’ raid in those hideouts as well.
    Rohingya homes were being burned down by the state armed forces and Rakhine extremists, Rohingyas hiding in the mountains said.
    Most of the houses in Rathedaung, Chein Khali, Chein Halivillages were torched by the Myanmar joint forces, said the terrified Rohingyas.

    “Our region is in total chaos now. They have burnt down our homes using fire, mortars. They have seized our properties and forced us to leave our homes. We have become totally helpless. We don’t know where we will go now,” said one villager Zaydi Pyinover phone.
    Myanmar military and joint security forces are carrying out offensives in many villages of Rakhine state including Kwan Thi Pin, MiHtaikChaungWa, Nat Chaung, Taman Thar, Zee Pin Chaung, Lon Doong, Zin Paing Nya, Ye MyetTaung, Kyi KanPyin, Tharay Kun Baung, Pa Nyaung Pin Gyi, Padin, Alay Than Kyaw, ThawanChaung, ThinbawKwe, Udaung, MyintHlut, Taung Bazaar, Phaung Daw Pyin.

    http://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/2017/08/29/lost-everything-resistance-born-persecution/

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUyNNyXD6ZI

  3. Ibnu Ahmad Says:

    FROM THE PRESS – DHAKA TRIBUNE – 29.8.2017
    ‘We have lost everything’: A resistance born out of persecution.
    The sound of gunfire floats across the Naf river as desperate men, women and children with bullet wounds and other injuries seek refuge and treatment in Bangladesh
    As the violence in Myanmar’s troubled Rakhine state escalates, Rohingya families stream across the border into Bangladesh, bringing with them stories of killings, rape and torture at the hands of Myanmar soldiers.
    The sound of gunfire floats across the Naf river as desperate men, women and children with bullet wounds and other injuries seek refuge and treatment in Bangladesh. What was a tale of persecution and systematic marginalisation is rapidly turning into a full-scale guerrilla war in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.
    Although Aung San Suu Kyi’s government has denied reports of atrocities committed by the army, and accused the Rohingya of setting fire to villages and using child soldiers, independent observers, aid workers and UN officials have condemned what they say is a disproportionate response to Rohingya attacks on police outposts.

    Around 20,000 Rohingyas have gathered on different points of Bangladesh-Myanmar border since Friday
    Sounds of gunshots in Rakhine state are being heard amid the Rohingya persecution by security forces in Myanmar.
    On Friday, at least 89 people including a dozen security force members were killed as Rohingya insurgents reportedly besieged border posts in troubled Rakhine state, prompting the army to launch a new crackdown on the Rohingyas.
    While visiting Myanmar border areas on Monday, this correspondent heard the sound of firing and people’s scream coming from the Rakhine state.
    Around 20,000 Rohingyas have gathered on different points of Bangladesh-Myanmar border since Friday.
    Rohingyas who fled to Bangladesh said security forces had been picking up innocent youths suspecting them the members of insurgent groups.

    The latest outburst of violence marks the intensification of a long-simmering conflict between Yangon and the Rohingya Muslims
    Thousands of Rohingyas are waiting at the border for shelter in Bangladesh in a bid to flee from a fresh spate of violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.
    Their houses were bombarded and torched by the Myanmar army in what they called the fight against insurgency. The atrocities carried out by Myanmar’s army are haunting the Rohingya Muslims, triggering a fresh exodus of refugees to Bangladesh.
    Although the reports could not be independently verified, the fleeing Rohingya families carried consistent accounts of brutal military raids and the use of indiscriminate force against Rohingya villages.
    The latest outburst of violence marks the intensification of a long-simmering conflict between Yangon and the Rohingya Muslims, who are denied citizenship in the predominantly Buddhist Southeast Asian state. The UN has called the Rohingya one of the most persecuted people in the world.
    The Rohingyas, including women and children, have gathered just on the other side of a small canal lying on the international border in Ghumdum area in Naikhongchhori area of Bandarban district.

    This Dhaka Tribune correspondent crossed the small canal to talk to the Rohingyas on the afternoon of August 25. From there, he learned that many of the Rohingya men were ready to join Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) to fight back to regain their rights.
    An estimated 115 Rohingya men have already left Bangladesh to join the ARSA, said the Rohingyas living in makeshift refugee camps. They took their mobile phones with them, but those were found switched off till Saturday night.
    On a visit to the Rohingya camp, this correspondent found recruiters collecting the names of those who wanted to join the ARSA movement and fight against the Myanmar army.
    Some Rohingya men looked anxiously and furiously towards the other side of the canal as they heard the sound of mortar shells and gunshots in the villages adjacent to the border.
    They told Dhaka Tribune that they were not here to enter Bangladesh to flee Myanmar military atrocities; they only wanted to push their family members, including women, children and elderly persons safely through the Bangladesh border.

    “We want to go back to our village to join the fight against the Myanmar military. Either the Myanmar army personnel will die or we. We cannot endure such atrocities anymore. We are all members of Harakat al-Yaqeen, (the former name of ARSA),” said a Rohingya man named Irfan.
    Gunshots and mortar shells have increased since August 25, said several BGB men patrolling the Ghumdum border.
    The Rohingya men waiting at the border did not seem afraid of those heavy firing and sound of the mortars, rather they were motivated to fight back.
    Dhaka Tribune received an audio clip of ARSA chief Ata Ullah aka Abu Umar Al Junoni from the ARSA followers and supporters. Ata Ullah said: “I am not fighting to grab power. If there are any Rohingya brothers who are ready to fight, please join us, please save our mothers and sisters.”
    Several Rohingyas sent pictures of ARSA leaders and fighters to the Dhaka Tribune, claiming they were freedom fighters.
    Dhaka Tribune could not contact ARSA leaders directly as ARSA followers said their leaders were in the battle field.
    Sources said ARSA was fighting with a small team, but it was getting larger as many Rohingyas were joining them.
    The Central Committee for Counter Terrorism of Myanmar, in a statement published on August 25, declared armed attackers and ARSA as terrorist groups in accordance with the Counter-Terrorism Law of the country, China’s Xinhua news agency reported.

    But the ARSA followers and members told Dhaka Tribune that they started the movement as the Myanmar military’s atrocities became intolerable.
    ARSA in its Twitter page claimed they began the resistance as a defence against the Myanmar military and security forces.
    ARSA supporters also said that several Rohingya Muslims had been killed in Maungdaw, Rathedaung and Buthidaung townships in the Rakhine state, but there were no Buddhist casualties during the crackdown.
    Supporter claimed their leader Ata Ullah and fighters were not targeting the Rakhine people, rather their target was the Myanmar military.
    Humanitarian crisis
    In many videos provided by several Rohingyas, hundreds of Rohingyas in Rathedaung were seen hiding in the nearby forests and mountains to escape the military atrocities. They were afraid of further Myanmar security forces’ raid in those hideouts as well.
    Rohingya homes were being burned down by the state armed forces and Rakhine extremists, Rohingyas hiding in the mountains said.
    Most of the houses in Rathedaung, Chein Khali, Chein Halivillages were torched by the Myanmar joint forces, said the terrified Rohingyas.

    “Our region is in total chaos now. They have burnt down our homes using fire, mortars. They have seized our properties and forced us to leave our homes. We have become totally helpless. We don’t know where we will go now,” said one villager Zaydi Pyinover phone.
    Myanmar military and joint security forces are carrying out offensives in many villages of Rakhine state including Kwan Thi Pin, MiHtaikChaungWa, Nat Chaung, Taman Thar, Zee Pin Chaung, Lon Doong, Zin Paing Nya, Ye MyetTaung, Kyi KanPyin, Tharay Kun Baung, Pa Nyaung Pin Gyi, Padin, Alay Than Kyaw, ThawanChaung, ThinbawKwe, Udaung, MyintHlut, Taung Bazaar, Phaung Daw Pyin.

  4. DAYA HEWAPATHIRANE Says:

    The Myanmar Times
    TUESDAY, 29 AUGUST 2017
    Over 70 killed in in Rakhine after militants attack

    More than 70 people were killed in Rakhine State after militants carried out coordinated attacks on security posts and military bases in the early hours of Friday.
    According to the government, one soldier, one immigration officer, 10 policemen and 59 militants were killed in the fighting. As many as 150 militants are said to have been involved in the attacks in at least 30 locations in Maungdaw district of northern Rakhine, according to officials.
    The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army claimed responsibility for the attacks, in which at least — military personnel were killed and — were injured.
    State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi condemned the attacks in a statement on Friday.
    “I strongly condemn today’s brutal attacks by terrorists on security forces in Rakhine State. The government had been aware of the risk of attacks to coincide with the release of the [Rakhine Advisory] Commission’s final report yesterday [Thursday] and had issued instructions to relevant Union ministers,” she said in the statement.
    On Thursday, the commission presented its final report on the violence in Rakhine to the government in Yangon and urged it to quickly implement its recommendations in the northern state, which has been a hotbed of militancy.
    Daw Aung San Suu Kyi added: “Today’s attacks are a calculated attempt to undermine the efforts of those seeking to build peace and harmony in Rakhine State. We must not allow our work to be derailed by the violent actions of extremists.”
    She said the government remains firm in its commitment to find meaningful and lasting solutions to the conflict in Rakhine and welcomed the constructive approach taken by the commission in its final report.
    A similar attack by militants on security personnel happened last October, in which nine policemen were killed.
    TUESDAY, 29 AUGUST 2017
    | MYANMAR EDITION

    The Myanmar Times
    Government warns local, foreign supporters of terrorists
    NYAN LYNN AUNG 28 AUG 2017

    The government on Sunday warned local and foreign supporters of the Bengali terrorists and the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) that it would use the full force of the law to go after them in the aftermath of the attacks that killed 89 people.
    The State Counsellor Office Information Committee said it has sought Interpol’s help to take action against foreign supporters of the terrorist groups amid reports that some staff of the international non-government organisations in the area had been involved when Taung Bazar village was besieged by Bengali terrorists on August 26.
    “On July 30, the government has already stated that energy biscuits which the World Food Programme has distributed has been discovered at the camp where terrorists sheltered in Ma Yu mountains,” the office said in a statement.
    “As counter-terrorism is a common interest of global families, international organisations and governments, including the United Nations, it is crucial to counter Bengali terrorists and the ARSA terrorist group,” it added.
    According to Tatmadaw, the police outposts and police stations in Maungtaw District in the conflict-plagued Rakhine State were attacked by terrorists on August 25 and intermittent clashes continue between the terrorists and security forces.
    UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said the attacks were “unacceptable” and expressed hope that those responsible will be brought to justice.
    The US State Department also condemned the attacks and urged all in Burma (Myanmar), including in Rakhine State, to work toward peace and stability through their words and actions.
    The Rakhine State general administration department said almost 5000 ethnic people fled their homes to avoid being caught in the crossfire. The state government was scheduled to provide them assistance.
    U Tin Maung Swe, deputy director general, Rakhine State general administration department, told The Myanmar Times the state government has already provided aid for 700 ethnic people who sought refuge in Buthidaung township.
    The chief minister visited the areas where the fighting occurred to help the fleeing people and provide them with assistance.
    “We could not confirm yet how many ethnic civilians are fleeing because there are a large number of them moving out of their houses to escape the conflict,” he said.
    The government is trying to provide aid for the people who are fleeing in all directions as security forces try to ensure their safety.
    “There are enough security forces to protect the civilians. But the big problem are the mines planted by the terrorists before they fled. These could endanger the lives of civilians,” said U Tin Maung Swe.
    The Tatmadaw said the terrorists attacks had killed ethnic people fleeing from the fighting. The terrorists also torched the houses of ethnic people on August 27, the Tatmadaw added.
    The Tatmadaw said a total of 20 Daingnet ethnic people from Yankarzedi village in Maungtaw township fled to Aungzan Taungyinthar village as about 100 terrorists holding swords attacked them near the bridge at the entrance to Kyaungdoe village at 2.30 pm on August 26.
    The Tatmadaw added in U Maung Ba Sein alone, some 20 ethnic people escaped from the fighting, and there were no reports about the conditions of the other trapped villagers.
    U Kyaw Kyaw Oo, deputy officer of Maungdaw district administrative department, told The Myanmar Times the situation is getting worse as the Tatmadaw and security forces try to establish control of the area to protect the trapped villagers.
    “The situation is very bad and gunshots are ringing out across the town [of Maungdaw],” he said. “They live by themselves and the security forces try their best to guard them,” said U Kyaw Kyaw Oo.
    According to local Muslims in Maungdaw, they can’t go outside and they are also anxious because the terrorist killed those they suspected to be working with the government.
    A local Muslim from Maungdaw town said the security forces are guarding the area around the Muslim quarter. However, no one can go outside from the quarter amid concerns that the terrorists might mix in with the civilian population.
    “I do not support the attacks. And I ask administrative officials to take care of those who did not support the attacks. We are sandwiched between the terrorists and the security forces,” said the local resident.

  5. DAYA HEWAPATHIRANE Says:

    Rohingya militant group warns of ‘war’ against Myanmar Government; thousands flee clashes
    ABC NEWS Australia- By South-East Asia correspondent Liam Cochrane

    A Rohingya militant group has warned of a “war” against the Myanmar Government, taking responsibility for attacks on police stations that have left more than 100 people dead.

    On Friday, militants from the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), which claims to be fighting for the rights of Rohingya people — a Muslim minority long-persecuted by Myanmar’s Buddhist majority — attacked about 25 police posts in the country’s west.

    A new video posted on social media showed the group’s leader Abu Ammar Jununi flanked by two masked men with assault rifles and saying the recent violence was in response to harassment from Myanmar’s security forces and blockades of Rohingya villages.

    On Monday, Myanmar security forces reportedly intensified operations against the Rohingya insurgents, according to local authorities, in what is being treated as the worst violence involving Myanmar’s Muslim minority in five years.

    ABC NEWS – Australia

    The violence marks a dramatic escalation of a conflict that has simmered in the region since October, when a similar but much smaller series of Rohingya attacks on security posts prompted a brutal military response dogged by allegations of rights abuses. … Muslim Rohingya in mainly Buddhist Myanmar has emerged as the biggest challenge for national leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who has condemned the attacks and commended the security forces.

    The Nobel peace laureate has been accused by some Western critics of not speaking out on behalf of the long-persecuted minority, and of defending the army’s sweep after the October attacks.

  6. Vaisrawana Says:

    Thank you, Dr Hewapathirane, for this very informative article. Recently, MP Udaya Gammanpila brought to the notice of the public that numbers of so-called Rohingiya Muslims from troubled parts of Myanmar have been accepted into Sri Lanka and settled in controversially cleared forest reserve areas as refugees. Not many will listen to him, though. Even on social websites, it is damned scoundrelly purveyors of nonsense such as Mervin, Wickremabahu, and Dambara Amila who get the highest amount of attention. If someone speaks sense, they are ignored, or dismissed as trash. Authorities are silent. No one cares. Amidst official apathy, we are moving towards a tragic future when some day soon decapitated bodies of our monks will be strewn on our roads. The brave few who raise a voice against the Islamic threat like Galaboda-aththe Gnanasara Thera are denounced as racists and mischief-makers even by ignorant Buddhists who, along with Hindu Tamils, are at the risk of annihilation. But I don’t think that we are going to be so unfortunate as to see these potential dangers becoming realities.

    See the plight of that courageous lone monk of Mangalaramaya in Baticaloa (Ven Ampitiye Sumanarathana) engaged in a one-man struggle at the risk of his life to protect the Buddhists and the ancient Buddhist heritage sites in the Eastern province from Muslim encroachment and vandalism. Hindu Tamils of the area are also under threat. They have sought the help of the aforementioned monk to live in peace safe from fanatical Islamic elements . He says that this is the moment the Sinhalese and Tamils must unite and face the common enemy. I think our future lies in that direction. The traditional Buddhist Hindu solidarity must be restored and reinforced among ordinary Sri Lankans.

  7. Lorenzo Says:

    BANGLADESH is the homeland of Rohingya Muslims living in Burma. If they go back to Bangladesh there will be peace for all.

    SL and Thailand should help fellow Buddhist country Burma to rid these TERRORISTS fighting against Burma.

    Thanks Daya for the timely article.

  8. Christie Says:

    Rohingiyas are from British India who were employed by Indian land owners in Burma to work in their rice fields. They are the same as Indians who came to work with the British to Ceylon. UK or India should take them back like they accepted Indian from Uganda. We need more Idi Amins to kick Indian from Indian colonies.

  9. Ancient Sinhalaya Says:

    Rohingya mussies came from bangladesh and multiplied and multiplied as usual. Now the numbers are too high
    so trouble starts. The religion of utter peace (as shown all over the world) is also the fastest breeding religion. So
    everywhere the mussies go, their BABY MACHINE WIVES go into overdrive and breed and breed and breed. In no
    time the whole place is awash with mussies. If the place is mussies only, then they start killing each other (syria,
    libya, pakesthan, iraq, afganisthan etc. etc). If the place is not mussies only, then the non believers get the full
    treatment of ‘peaceful’ activities from mussies received.

    Bangladeshi mussies have multiplied and multipled and
    got rid of Buddhists and hindus there. Now the hell hole is full of mussies. So they don’t want the rohingya mussie
    baby machines. There is only one solution for these mussies. Follow the only true religion, Buddhism, in the world.
    Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution made the creator god theory a mockery. While following this god-based
    religions, you are committing sins, since those religions of conveniences aren’t regarding sins as sins. By following
    a myth you are prolonging the samsaric journey! Be Buddhists, be humans! No bs, no messenger, no god. Plain
    and simple. Most importantly TRUE! Only religion in the world which has no conflict with scientific inventions!

  10. dingiri bandara Says:

    Dr Hewapathirane,
    Good article.
    In almost every country where Muslims are a minority, there problems because the y do not want change or adopt.They still want keep their out dated practice whether right or wrong while majority of, them want the modern day technology and luxuries.
    The Muslims call Islam a religion of peace but they do not live peace even among themselves like in middle east,Africa.Yemen. Syria Pakistan etc. I fail to understand what peace they talk about.
    Living in peace with Sinhalese on Sr Lanka does not mean sending Wattalappam to your neighbors after Ramadan.If they want to live in harmony with non Muslims, a starter the they need to stop building new mosques and stop shouting five tomes a day over loudspeakers. Follow what ever belief you want to but do not cause it a problem to others and do not try to impose on others
    Where in the Qua-ran does it say that one need to build new mosques in every nook and corner shout over loud speakers to call for prayers ? If they are religious enough should they not know they need to do it. Only if you live close to a mosque one will understand how annoying. I do not think that their all powerful god wanted their religion to be a nuisance to anyone.

  11. Ratanapala Says:

    Congratulations Dr Daya Hewapathirana for bringing out a timely articel to highlight the nature of Islam and its adherents. They are worse than animals as all the world can see from their behaviour in the Middle East.

    Bravo, Myanmar. Please give leadership to the Buddhist Nations in Asia by your actions to protect the indegenous Buddhist Communities. It is time all Buddhist Countries – Sri Lanka, Thailand, Kampuchea, Laos, Vietnam, China join Myanmar in taking a stand against barbaric Islamic expansion and genocide.

    This scenario will soon be followed in Sri Lanka. I am sure in Sri Lanka they are already having armouries in thier mosques only waiting instructions from their leaders to go on rampage. Traitorous Sri Lankan governments and their leaders are bribed to look the otherside while Buddhists in Sri Lanka are rapidly loosing everything they own – their land, their culture, their religion, their archaelogical past due to encroaching militant Islam.

    Only way ahead is to prepare for the coming battles.

  12. DAYA HEWAPATHIRANE Says:

    ROHINGHA MUSLIM TERRORISM : RECENT INCIDENCES

    On 9 October 2016, hundreds of unidentified Rohingha Muslim insurgents attacked three Burmese border posts along Myanmar’s border with Bangladesh. The attackers brandished knives, machetes and homemade slingshots that fired metal bolts. Several dozen firearms and boxes of ammunition were looted by the attackers from the border posts. The attack resulted in the deaths of nine Buddhist border officers.

    On 11 October 2016, four Buddhist Burmese Army soldiers were killed on the third day of fighting.[32]

    On 15 November 2016, the Burmese Army announced that 69 Rohingya insurgents and 17 security forces (10 policemen, 7 soldiers) had been killed in recent clashes in northern Rakhine State, bringing the death toll to 134 (102 insurgents and 32 security forces). It was also announced that 234 people suspected of being connected to the attack were arrested.

    In March 2017, a police document obtained by Reuters listed 423 Rohingyas detained by the police since 9 October 2016. The police justified the arrests saying, “We the police have to arrest those who collaborated with the attackers….” Myanmar police also claimed that children had confessed to their alleged crimes during interrogations.

    On 25 August 2017, the government announced that 71 people (one soldier, one immigration officer, 10 policemen and 59 insurgents) had been killed overnight during coordinated attacks by up to 150 Rohingha Muslim insurgents on 26 police posts and the 552nd Light Infantry Battalion army base in Rakhine State.

    On 25 August 2017, the Central Committee for Counter Terrorism of Myanmar declared the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) a terrorist group in accordance with the country’s counter terrorism law.

    ARAKAN ROHINGYA SALVATION ARMY (ARSA)

    The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), also known by its former name Harakah al-Yaqin[ and by its former English name the Faith Movement, is the Rohingya insurgent group active in the jungles of northern Rakhine State, Myanmar.

    The goal of the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) is to create a “Muslim state for the Rohingya”.

    The ARSA is led by Ata Ullah, a Rohingya Muslim man who was born in Karachi, Pakistan, and grew up in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

    The Burmese government suspects that ARSA is involved with, and subsidized by foreign Islamists.

  13. RohanJay Says:

    The reason Buddhism and Buddhist suffered genocide at the hands of the invading Islamists is because in India. The way nonviolence was strictly adhered to. The Buddhists in India were naive in thinking that the Invading Islamists would be reasonable. Buddhists didnt fight back in India and passively accepted their fate.

    This was not the case in China!

    By that time Indian missionaries had successfully spread Buddhism to countries like China and Sri Lanka. An Indian Monk named Bodhi Dharma. Alerted to the dangerous threats that Buddhis monks faced in a dangerous and cruel world. Being a martial artist himself, saw that Buddhism and Martial and warrior prowess and compatible. In fact could make the best warriors.
    He went to China and founded the Shaolin Warror Monk School. Where day and night for 25 years. The Buddhist monks would train in advanced weoponry and advanced fighting skills. They were in short the perfect army. The Chinese emperors on a number of occasions requested the help of these Buddhist Warrior Monks. The fighting skills became legendary. A thousand Shaolin Monks could defeat an army on horseback of 100,000 easily.

    Well their martial warrior skills honed in Buddhist temples all across China would soon be put to the test against the invading Mohammedan Armies that swept all before them from North Africa deep incisions into Europe and right to the borders of China.

    After completing the conquest of India with millions slaughtered mostly Buddhists but Hindus too. Unlike the Buddhists the Hindus of India fought back hard and drove them back. The Sikh Religion is actually formed by Hindus because Hindus had enough of Muslim atrocities and decided to strike back.That is why Sikhs carry knives its to defend themselves against the blood thirsty Mohameddans in India. That is why Muslims couldnt fully conquer India the Hindus eventually Triumphed.

    Islamic armies were planning their invasion. News naturally poured to CHina of the Brutality of the Islamic armies.
    Panic stricken Chinese Emperors and leaders specially requested the help of the Buddhist leaders in CHina and especially of the Shaolin Monks to fight alongside the Chinese army and drive the Mohammedans back.

    History shows this is exactly what happened. The Shaolin Buddhist warrior monks only too happy to fight against these murderous bastards who killed their Buddhist brethren India.
    Anyway, the invading Muslim armies didnt progress any further they were stopped at the borders of China. I would argue because the Shaolin Monks joined the fight being the excellent fighting warriors that they are must have routed the arrogant shocked Muslim armies who have previosly never known defeat.
    They were defeated in China thanks the Shaolin Buddhist Monks who believed in a just war to defend your way of life. Unlike the Buddhists in India. As a result China was saved.
    Furthermore when the Mongolians conquered China. Many were Mongolians were sympathetic to the Buddhists. When they heard what the Muslim invaders brutally did to Buddhists there. Buddhists leaders in CHina encouraged the mongolians to raise and army and strike deep into the heart of the Islamic World.
    This is exactly what they did. I guess it was karma in action. As the Mongolian hordes sliced throught the Islamic world and destroyed everything in its path. The Mongolian invasion of the Islamic world was so brutal and vicious they were probably taking revenge of Buddhist persecutions. That it almost wiped Islam from the face of the Earth.
    The Khans of Mongolia and China took Brutal revenge on Islam.

    That is why where ever Islam goes there are serious problems. They just dont believe in peaceful existence with other religions especially Buddhism. They paid heavy price for it though karmically for picking on Buddhists. Dont believe me you can read up about it what the Mongolians under the Khans tot the World of Islam.

    Also there was a famous American TV show called Kung Fu many decades ago. Which showed the lifestyle of the Shaolin Buddhist Warrior Monks of China. Looking at that program you can get idea why the Mohammedan Armies were crushed at the gates of China and proceeded no further by the excellent fighting skills of the Shaolin Buddhist Monks and their helpers!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZY6HgFyoupw
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIOPjdRLz7M
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OApCHU2HJx4

  14. DAYA HEWAPATHIRANE Says:

    Attacks by Extremist ARSA Muslim terrorists.

    Militants from the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), stormed more than 25 police posts in the early hours of Friday August 25, using guns, knives and improvised explosives to kill 12 people. Ensuing clashes between the group and government troops swept Rakhine state’s northern Maungdaw, Buthidaung and Rathedaung townships, where the ARSA has been trying to carve out an “Islamic state.” The ARSA claimed the attacks were a “legitimate step”. At least 110 people were killed during the attacks.

    There are allegations from government sources that aid workers mostly from Western and Muslim countries, had colluded with Rohingya terrorists led by ARSA. The World Food Program biscuits were found at one of the terrorist training camps. At a meeting with diplomats, Myanmar national security adviser Thaung Tun indicated that ammonia and tubes used by development workers for construction had been fashioned into explosives by the terrorists.

    Many of the indigenous Rakhine’s Buddhists have fled, seeking shelter in monasteries and schools. Also, many others among them, were preparing to flee east. One of them informed TIME that his village has been burnet down by Rohingya terrorists “People are afraid in our village”. Satellite images obtained by Human Rights Watch, showed fires burning in more than 10 locations, across a 100-kilometer stretch of land in Rakhine state.

  15. RohanJay Says:

    The biggest genocide in Human history was carried out by Islamists against peaceful non violent Buddhist populations of Asia. This time round though Buddhists are ready to fight back. Especially in countries like Sri lanka and Burma. Hitler has nothing on what Islamists carried out against Buddhist populations throughout history.

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