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Burma's government hoping Muslims drown in typhoon?
Yesterday on a talk radio station I heard a troubling report from Burma. Seems there are many thousands of ethnic Muslims shoved into official refugee camps in Burma because the Buddhists in their home towns won't let them return to their homes. These camps are tent cities on basically useless wasteland, because they're flooded every time typhoons come through.
Well, a typhoon is on its way. The reporter on the radio just returned from Burma, and the government is busy moving the Buddhist population to higher ground...but forcing the refugees to stay in the camps and refusing to help any Muslims that still have homes to evacuate. In fact, one camp that wasn't too vulnerable was ordered to pack up and move even closer to the ocean because the Buddhists needed the spot for their own people.
The reporter said she passed a couple of monks on the street and gave them a polite greeting. And the monks mocked her because they knew a western reporter would be there to help show what's happening to the Muslims.
So if the typhoon does slam into Burma as tracked, thousands of Muslims are going to drown, and that will be an intentional action by the Buddhist government and Buddhist people.
Buddhism is nothing special when it comes to changing how societies act. They can remain bigoted and filled with hatred no matter what their religion tries to teach them. This rotten branch of the Sangha needs to be chopped off and fresh Dharma allowed to grow.