You know this kind of surprises me as you wouldn’t think a Buddhist to be the violent type. Then again, I believe that might have something to do with journalistic hyperbole. See the majority of Burmese are Buddhist. At the same time, a Muslim (a minority Burmese group) set fire to a Burmese woman. Now in ages past, there have been moments in history where a certain group was singled out for ejection and rejection. This however were politically, socially motivated, not religiously. Don’t you think that might have more to do with like patriotic zeal? I mean they didn’t go into the fight chanting Buddhist hymns or proverbs (which would appear out of place in a violent mob I would imagine) but rather nationalistic songs. So, to me, the title should be a mob of BURMESE attacked the Muslims.
Since this is obviously intentional to use Buddhist as it isn’t the first logical choice of a descriptive adjective for the mob and its characteristics. So why blame Buddhists? When was the last time you heard a Buddhist Monk, the Dali Lama say ANYTHING about violent mobs, xenophic rhetoric, or anything violent of the sort (remember these are the people who don’t kill ants because it is bad karma). I believe this particular journalist chose to use Buddhist to set a narrative “See? All religions are violent, Muslims aren’t so bad, THE BUDDHISTS ARE!” Jeez, you’d think before he tried to manufacture a new false narrative he would start small? Like with Daoists. Or maybe Santeria? Ya they kill chickens, see just as bad as Muslims.
Ugh I apologize, I actually have nothing against Islam in general, but I do think it is so silly to dilute ourselves into believing that Islam does not have violent rhetoric which can motivate certain people to feel justified in violent behavior. The majority restrain themselves, but the words are always there for any of them, in a time of desperation or anger, feel justified with reckless violent behavior. So, when I see people trying to separate terrorist from Islam is just absurd. And to take it a step farther by instead of exposing Islamic tendencies you seek out the same in other religions to give it justification as well. And we wonder why things are so chaotic.
Anyways, my assessment of that. Wild times in Burma but I agree with Pete, this probably had the Junta involved in some small fashion to aid in the expulsion of unwanteds from a very closed society under strict rule. What better way to keep a population from rising up against you by keeping them suppressing some new demon within the nation.