With nearly all of the media oxygen being sucked up by the POTUS lately, it’s important that we not forget that there is a world out there beyond the United States. And part of that world is experiencing an event that the the United Nations characterizes as what seems to be “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing”. It seems almost oxymoronic—violent Buddhists—but that indeed is the situation in the Western Rakhine state of the predominantly Buddhist country of Myanmar. The ethnic Muslim Rohingya are being targeted by the Myanmar military. The roots of this conflict go back to World War Two where each group supported opposing sides—the Rohingya supported the colonial British while the Buddhists supported the invading Japanese.
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