(Ahram) The United States voiced concern Friday about the mob killing of Muslims in Myanmar and called for the country’s reform-minded government to move forward in reconciling with minorities.
Tensions have flared in western Myanmar since Sunday, when an angry Buddhist mob killed 10 Muslims on a bus after mistakenly believing that they perpetrated the rape and murder of a woman.
“We are deeply concerned about the reports that a mob killed 10 individual Muslim pilgrims, pulling them from a bus and beating them to death,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters.
“We’re obviously saddened by this tragic loss of life. It speaks to the importance of the government and the minorities redoubling efforts on a peace process that includes a ceasefire and real negotiations.”
Officials said that four more people were killed in fresh violence Friday in Rakhine state, apparently when Muslims torched Buddhist villages.
Since taking office last year, President Thein Sein has reached out to ethnic minority groups, largely in the north of Myanmar, that have been fighting for decades against the Burman-dominated government and army.
But divisions remain deep with Muslims, who are estimated to account for about four percent of the population in the Buddhist-dominated country formerly known as Burma.
The 750,000-strong Rohingya Muslim community is singled out for particular disdain and is not even recognized as a minority group. The United Nations considers the Rohingya to be among the world’s most persecuted minorities.
yeah… tell that to the Caucasian Bhudhists in Manhattan New York who think their world view of cycles and reincarnation is a pacifists religion. Anyway… just in case you were wondering… If my country had allowed almost a million Muslims in… I’d try my best to educate them about the abuse of their scripture at first and when confronted with the truth of the Hadith about the Tree of the Jews, I’d deport them for death threats. There really is no reason to give anyone a death penalty if you can arrest them long enough to throw them out of the country. It’s very simple… if you can murder because of a scripture… then you are gone… that goes for all ideologies… including any Neo Aztecs out there that want to sacrifice a pretty virgin to a volcano…. which could prove entertaining at first… but in all seriousness…. you are gone pal.
Reminds me of all those Buddhists that got food poisoning in New York at a retreat. Could it have been a divine message?