Myanmar needs a new nationalism

Source:Asia Times.

By Matthew J Walton

Many outside observers have been shocked to see Buddhists in Myanmar leading recent violent actions against Muslims. Our recollections of tens of thousands of Buddhist monks chanting loving-kindness while demonstrating peacefully against the former military government in 2007 clash with recent images of monks using their sermons to advocate for a boycott of Muslim businesses and in some cases even leading mobs to destroy mosques and physically attack Muslims.

What would lead a Buddhist monk like U Wirathu to exhort his followers to practice discrimination rather than follow the Buddha’s example of compassion for others?


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