A Powerful New York Times Editorial on Burma

“Hundreds of Buddhist men on motorcycles roamed the streets with machetes, sticks and metal rods.” Photo by Gemunu Amarasinghe for the Associated Press.

The editors of the New York Times offered a must-read editorial this week about recent violence against Rohinya Muslims by Burmese Buddhists in Burma. Here’s just a taste:

[Recent] clashes suggested that radical strains of Buddhism may be spreading. Many old hatreds have been unleashed in the last year as Myanmar struggles to make its transition from a half-century of authoritarian rule to democracy…

It will not be easy for President Thein Sein to achieve the multiethnic, multireligious vision for Myanmar that he outlined in a speech earlier this month, but that must be the goal. He has to make clear that extremism will not be tolerated and that those responsible for the violence, including security officials who refuse to protect minorities, will be brought to justice. He will need strong support from Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate and leading opposition politician, who has not always spoken out on minority issues.

Read the whole piece here.

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