‘Burma’s worst nightmare came a step closer to reality when a spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban’s most hardline faction called on the oppressed Rohingya to “take up the sword and kill in the path of God”.
Other attempts to improve the desperate position of Burma’s Muslim minority were futile, he said last week. “Protest demonstrations, marches [and] condemnation resolutions” were useless. Only violent jihad would make the difference.
…Popular Buddhist monks, DVDs of whose sermons are sold in street markets alongside Hollywood blockbusters, point out that all Burma’s neighbours were originally Buddhist countries. One by one, starting with India, where the religion was born, their creed, idolatrous in the eyes of Muslims, has been wiped out: in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia… In the form of the Rohingya, this discourse goes, the barbarian is at the gate.’