i can’t believe there are loads of westerners commenting on news articles about the Rohingya Muslims saying poor poor Ashin Wirathu has been slandered cos ‘he’s a Buddhist monk and Buddhism is one of the most peaceful religions in the world’. like, the news article documents how he compares the muslim minority to animals and has incited violence against them and it’s justified? people who have zero knowledge of the complex ethnoreligious tensions in SEAsia are now experts and think that because of ISIS or something this is justified? the situations are totally different. plus they’re justifying collective punishment.
and the orientalist view of South, SEAsian and East Asian religions as 100% peaceful…??? i don’t know what these people have been smoking but many of our emperors adhered to these “100% peaceful religions” and had no problem slaughtering and conquering people to build expansionist empires for thousands of years. people will use any religion to justify violence if they want to.
like i always get this condescending vibe the way some non-Asians talk about Asia. whenever they’re not referring to the Middle-East/Western Asia, they think we’re people who found the secret to inner peace or that we never hurt a fly unless being influenced by european imperialism. good grief no, our history has been just as full of violence and imperialism. just because they don’t know it because they are more familiar with the bloody wars centered around the Abrahamic religions doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.