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PART 2 (Part 1 is here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/204487715/RESPONSE-to-a-TERRIBLE-HUFFINGTON-POST-ARTICLE )!

IN RESPONSE TO A TERRIBLY IGNORANT, ERRONEOUS, UNHELPFUL, AND EVEN


DANGEROUS ARTICLE by David L. Phillips in the Huffington Post, titled:!

Solutions to Communal Conflict in Myanmar


Responded to and exposed by Rick Heizman, Feb 3, 2014!
I include his text by paragraph number, and then my response:!
Paragraph 5: !
Burmas ethnic balance shifted in the early 20th century with the influx of laborers from India.
According to the British census, the Muslim population in Arakan increased from 58,255 to 178,647 in
between 1891 and 1911. Facilitated by the East India Company, Chittagong Bengalis (from what is
now Bangladesh) sought agricultural work in the sparsely populated valleys of Arakan, as well as
other regions in Myanmar. The East India Company extended its Bengal administration to Arakan,
lifting the internal boundary between the two colonial territories.

About paragraph 5:!

Phillips wrote Chittagong Bengalis (from what is now Bangladesh) and this is one of the very
few true sentences in his article. Just as I explained above, The British and others referred to
them as Chittagong Bengalis because they also knew themselves as Chittagong Bengalis
and, indeed they were from the Chittagong area of what is now Bangladesh. Notice that
phillips does NOT use the term Rohingya and admits that they are from Bangladesh!!
Here, he actually refutes everything he said in paragraph 4!!
The population of Muslims in Arakan TRIPLED, as Phillips noted above, in just a 20 year
period - which became problematic because most of these Bengalis were influenced, at that
time (mid and late 1800s), by the Islamic Faraidi movement, in the Bengal part of British India,
which was based on the ideology of the Wahhabis of Arabia (pre Saudi Arabia). That meant
then, as it still does these days, that the Muslims were particularly supremacist, intolerant,
and aggressive. !
In 1939 The British established a Commission of Inquiry to investigate the rapid increase of
Bengali Muslims in Arakan from roughly 30,000 in 1825 to 220,000 in 1930. That Commission
concluded that there would be violence in the very near future if the relentless Bengali Muslim
movement across the border wasn't stopped or at least restricted.!
And, the Commission was right.!
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Paragraph 6:!
General Ne Win seized power in 1962. Reacting to fears of "Islamization," he launched military
operations that culminated with "Operation King Dragon" in 1978. The 1982 Citizenship Law
institutionalized discrimination against Rohingya, denying them legal status as citizens of Myanmar.
The junta's policies marginalized Rohingya and Rakhine Buddhist alike. Today they are still subject to
discrimination: Rohingya are not allowed to travel outside Rakhine State. They cannot own land. A
2005 regulation prohibits Rohingya from having more than two children. Rohingya men and boys are
being rounded up in Rakhine.
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About paragraph 6:!

General Ne Win - who was a truly awful dictator - and ruined the country more than anyone was not reacting to Islamization, but was reacting to 25 years of violence by the Bengali
Mujahid Armies fighting and terrorizing the Buddhists and attempting to take the land for their
own Muslim-only Islamic State. And, especially, he reacted to this:!

1977 Plot with Libya and Bangladesh


In 1977, Mujahid rebels and members of ARNO led by Sultan Mahmud, sent select members
to Libya and met with Libyan leader Colonel Qaddafi. (Qaddafi thought of himself as the
leader of the Arab Muslims and in his megalomania he projected himself as the leader of
Muslims around the world.) Sultan Mahmuds group explained their their intention was to
transform Arakan into an Islamic State - to be called Arkistan - and they asked for Colonel
Qaddafi and Libya to help them and the other resistance groups to wage a well-armed jihad
against the Burmese central government. Shortly after that visit to Libya, a serious plot to
elicit a full-blown Muslim insurrection throughout Burma and overthrow the government of Ne
Win was discovered by the Burmese government. Bangladesh, and Libya were covertly
involved in the conspiracy. However, subversive attempts to spark their nefarious plans failed
as they were stopped by Burmese authorities. Many local Muslim conspirators were arrested,
and others then feared arrest or harm, and many fled back to Bangladesh.!
Nagamin Military Operations Against Bengali Mujahid in 1978
The Naga Min Sitsin Yae (King Dragon Operation), was a large-scale military operation in
Arakan, Burma, carried out under the authority of General Ne Win. The operation focused on
rooting out the Mujahid rebels, who were fighting for an Islamic state in Northern Rakhine
state.
The operation began February 6, 1978 in the village of Sakkipara in Sitetway district, where
there were mass arrests and torture of alleged collaborators and sympathizers of the Mujahid
rebels, who had been waging a bloody and vicious guerilla war for decades. Over three
months, approximately 150,000 to 200,000 Muslims fled to neighboring Bangladesh, where
the Muslim government of Bangladesh offered them shelter in makeshift camps. The United
Nations recognized them as refugees and began a relief operation.!
CITIZENSHIP ISSUE:

Phillips brings up the citizenship issue - as if it should be unquestionably granted, regardless


of any issues such as described here:!
WHY THE 'ROHINGYA' SHOULD NOT BE GIVEN CITIZENSHIP IN BURMA!
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First, all countries in the world can set their respective citizenship laws to meet their
security issues as they see fit. No country would give citizenship to a group of people
who are actively waging war against it or trying to seize land from the country, or teach
and espouse a hatred and intolerance of the country. 2!

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Secondly, some of the Bengali Muslim residents who are eligible to be granted
citizenship should doubtlessly be granted it, as the Myanmar government and leading
politicians have clearly stated so. !

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However, the Rohingya, as a collective entity, say that they want citizenship, but they
DO NOT want to live in the country of Burma/Myanmar which is governed and
dominated by infidels (non-Muslims). They have no deep history, or cultural artifacts in
Arakan (despite the fact that many of them assume and believe the false history that
they have embedded into their rhetoric and nationalism). The Bengali Muslims are quite
different then the many other ethnicities of Burma who DO have deep roots, culture and
tradition in their homeland. Importantly, unlike the Rohingya, the other ethnicities do not
have the goal of ethnic purity nor the fanaticism to fight a holy war for their goals. !

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The Rohingya want citizenship, but NOT so they can happily live with other religions
and ethnicities around them, and NOT so they can enjoy and participate in the other
peoples festivals and traditions. They want citizenship so that they can then DEMAND
their own Muslim State (which will quickly push out or kill the remaining infidels) and
then DECLARE themselves an independent Islamic State, ruled by Shariah Law, and
free from infidel Burma. !

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In other words, they see citizenship as a way, eventually, to NOT be citizens of Burma/
Myanmar. !

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Giving them citizenship would lead to a much greater disaster and much more killing,
as they believe it is the duty of Muslims to purify their land by driving the infidels out,
and destroying the remnants of the infidel history. Most likely the Buddhists and others
would be eliminated - by killing or chasing them out of their deeply rooted homeland and the world-class historical sites, such as Mrauk U (large ruined former capital of the
Rakhine Buddhists Mrauk-U kingdom) would be looted, damaged, and destroyed. !

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The Rohingya dont deserve citizenship, because, they dont want to be true citizens
who sees themselves as equal members of a country, and have the desire to work
together and to live together with respect and harmony, and to build a better nation for
all. !

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It is a dire situation, and the recommendations and solutions that outsiders propose
may seem to be correct, democratic, humane, modern, liberal, BUT, this conflict
may require actions that dont come from the safe environment of a U.N. officials desk,
a Western Think Tank, or a Human Rights committee. !

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Paragraphs 7,8,9,10:!
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Disinformation muddles the view of Myanmar's Muslims. They are mischaracterized as expansionist, driven by
an agenda to "Islamicize" the country. Islam is portrayed as a violent religion, which supports forced conversion
and institutionalizes violence.!

For sure, there are many examples where Muslim extremists exploit feelings of anger or resentment of
injustice to justify extremism. In such instances, they use oppression as an excuse for violence to advance a
radical ideology. They embrace jihad to advance their extremist ideology. They reject constitutional democracy
as the basis for secular government, because it empowers human rulers over the laws of God.!

For many Muslims, however, the term Islamist simply describes an orthodox Muslim who is devoted to Islamic
studies and an Islamic way of life. They distinguish between "Lesser Jihad," which is warfare and "Greater
Jihad," which is the personal struggle of each individual to live a righteous life inspired by the teachings of
Mohammed. Jihad is a struggle to extend the boundaries of peace, purify Islam, and create a just social order.
They reject fanaticism citing traditions of pluralism, cosmopolitanism, and open-mindedness within Islam.
Moreover, they insist that violence committed in the name of God contradicts the traditions and noble values of
Islam.!

The word Islam is derived from the Arabic word for peace (Salam). The Qur'an opens with an invocation of
God's mercy and repeatedly urges Muslims to practice patience, compassion and kindness. It portrays God as
merciful and compassionate. "God does not love those who do wrong" (Qur'an 42:40). It embraces tolerance,
emphasizing the importance of dialogue and communication between people. "Fight in the way of God with
those who fight you, but aggress not: God loves not aggressors" (Qur'an 2:190). It forbids murder and suicide.
"Nor take life, which Allah has made sacred, except for just cause"(Qur'an 17:33). "Do not kill
yourselves" (Qur'an 4:29). The Qur'an also encourages Muslims to treat others with justice, securing for them
safety on Muslim territories and imposing a blood payment on anyone who violates their rights. "(Allah) made
you into nations and tribes so you may know each other" (Qur'an 49:13). "Whoever kills a soul...it is as if he
had slain mankind entirely. And whoever saves one - it is as if he had saved mankind entirely." (Qur'an 2:256).!

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About paragraphs 7,8,9,10:!
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Paragraph 7 is funny, a joke, absurd - except it is deadly serious in its opposite truth. !
Disinformation is a hallmark of the Muslim world unfortunately - and I dont need to waste time with examples
- its obvious.!
Islam has always been expansionist - and doing so by the sword. Mohammed himself led armies that
conquered slaughtered, cut off heads of men, raped and enslaved women. Buddha, Jesus, and others
certainly didnt do that. Islam slaughter its way across Africa to Spain, and across Persia, The Roman Empire
in Turkey, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, etc.!
Forced conversion was, and still is, an Islamic principal used and abused in so many places. And violence,
advocating violence, and justifying violence has always been a part of Islam. That doesnt mean that all
Muslims are that way. Fortunately there are many good Muslims who choose NOT to obey the Quran, and
choose to ignore the brutal parts of Islam. !
What Phillips says about the term Jihad and the quotes from the Quran he offers are ridiculous. We see
Jihad again and again as bombs blow up from Boston to Mumbai to London, to Baghdad and so many other
places. It is common knowledge that earlier verses in the Quran are dismissed in favor of later verses when
there is a contradiction. !

Here are verses that are commonly quoted, shouted, and believed by Muslims blowing themselves up, or
beheading, shooting and terrorizing people who are not like them:!

THE QURAN JUSTIFIES TAKING LAND FROM INFIDELS (NON-MUSLIMS)


Quran 33.27 And He made you heirs to their land and their dwellings and their property, and (to) a
land which you have not yet trodden, and Allah has power over all things.
Quran21:44 Do they see Us advancing, gradually reducing the land (in their control), curtailing its
borders on all sides? It is they who will be overcome.

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THE QURAN JUSTIFIES RAPE OF INFIDEL WOMEN
Rape of Buddhist women is very high in Rakhine State because of this attitude towards infidel women
and these holy verses of Allahs words.

Quran 4.24 "All married women are prohibited to you, except those whom your right hand possesses
(a way to say 'Captured') as the prisoners of war, who Allah has assigned to you.

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THE QURAN and ISLAMIC LAW JUSTIFY KILLING THOSE WHO LEAVE ISLAM
Al-Azhar Islamic Research Academy endorsed manual of Islamic Law, Umdat al-Salik (pp. 595-96):

"Leaving Islam is the ugliest form of unbelief (kufr) and the worst.... When a person who has reached
puberty and is sane, voluntarily apostasizes from Islam, he deserves to be killed. In such a case, it is
obligatory...to ask him to repent and return to Islam. If he does it is accepted from him, but if he
refuses, he is immediately killed."

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THE QURAN TEACHES INTOLERANCE OF INFIDELS
Their faith instructs them not to be friends with non-muslims, and not to recognize or attend their
religious festival and ceremonies.

Quran 5:51 "O You who believe, take not the non-believers (Jews, ChrisUans, Buddhists, Hindus, etc)
for friends. They are friends of each other. And who amongst you takes them for friends he is indeed
one of them.

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THE QURAN JUSTIFIES HATE, VIOLENCE AND CONTEMPT FOR INFIDELS

Quran 8:55 Surely the vilest of beasts in Allah's sight area those who disbelieve.

Quran 8:59 The indels should not think that they can get away from us. Prepare against them
whatever arms and weaponry you can muster so that you may terrorize them. They are your enemy
and Allahs enemy.

Quran 8.12 I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike o their heads
and strike o every ngerUp of them.

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Quran 47:4 When you meet the unbelievers, smite (cut o) their necks, then when you have made
wide slaughter among them, Ue fast the bonds, then set them free, either by grace or ransom, unUl the
war lays down its burdens. - 47:4

Quran 9:41 Whether unarmed or well-equipped, march on and ght for the cause of Allah, with your
wealth and your persons. - 9:41

Quran 9:73 Make war on the unbelievers and the hypocrites. Be harsh with them. Their ulUmate
abode is hell, a hapless journey's end.

Quran 48:25 Muslims are harsh against the unbelievers, merciful to one another.
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THE QURAN REFERS TO BUDDHISTS AND HINDUS AS IDOL WORSHIPERS

Quran 8:39 Make war on them unUl idolatry is no more and Allah's religion reigns supreme.

Quran 9:2-3 Allah will humble the unbelievers. Allah and His apostle are free from obligaUons to
idol-worshipers. Proclaim a woeful punishment to the unbelievers.

Quran - 9:5 When the sacred months are over, slay the idolaters wherever you nd them. Arrest
them, besiege them, and lie in ambush everywhere for them.

Quran - 9:29 "Fight those who do not believe in Allah or in the Last Day and who do not consider
unlawful what Allah and His Messenger have made unlawful and who do not adopt the religion of
truth from those who were given the Scripture - [ght] unUl they give the jizyah willingly while they are
humbled." -- 9:29

Jiyzah is a tax that non-muslims had to pay in order to keep their own religion - for a Mme - when
Muslims needed the skills and brains of non-Muslims - eventually they would be given the choice of
convert or die. However, Buddhist and Hindus were NOT given a chance to pay jizyah - they were only
given the choice of convert or die, because Muslims were parMcularly intolerant of people who were
not monotheist (believers in only one god).

The Buddhists Have No Similar Text Anywhere In The Buddhist Scriptures



The rest of this absurdly wrong, and manipulative paper by David L. Phillips, his text:

Myanmar's leaders and people deserve great credit for embracing democracy and political transition. However,
further steps are needed to consolidate reforms and social progress.!

The suffering of Rohingya can be addressed via unfettered humanitarian access. Displaced persons must be
able to return home in safety and with dignity. And the government should provide a path to citizenship.!

The rule of law is paramount. Entrenching the rule of law is the best way to build confidence in Rakhine and
other religiously diverse communities. Inter-communal violence can be mitigated when parties feel their
interests are upheld through the administration of justice, and disputes can be resolved fairly by an impartial
and competent judiciary. Columbia University's School of Law is working with members of parliament,
educators and civil society to help strengthen the rule of law.!

Historical dialogue can also contribute to durable peace. Developing a shared narrative, while listening to and
developing respect for disparate views, will promote reconciliation. Experts from Columbia's Alliance for
Historical Dialogue are available to assist discussions about shared history.!

Columbia just convened an "Inter-Faith Dialogue: Religious Roots of Social Harmony"(Yangon, January 19).
The meeting was attended by leading religious scholars and practitioners of the Buddhist, Muslim and
Christian traditions. Participants agreed that religion must never be used to justify violence. Their joint
statement condemned hate speech, which promotes extremism and can incite conflict.!

Participants also explored practical outcomes. They agreed to develop curricula on social harmony drawing
from teachings in Theravada Buddhism, as well as from the Qur'an and Sunna. The project emphasizes grassroots education on religious teachings of social harmony in parts of the country where sectarianism is most
divisive. It will also promote other confidence-building measures, including reciprocal visits to holy sites.!

The people of Myanmar must take the lead in an inclusive dialogue on the country's problems. However,
international institutions can help with capacity building and other types of expertise - strengthening the rule of
law, facilitating discussion on shared history, and supporting inter-faith dialogue. An inclusive dialogue
enhances mutual understanding, which is an alternative to demonization justifying communal violence.!

Mr. Phillips is Director of the Program on Peace-building and Rights at Columbia University's Institute for the
Study of Human Rights.!

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My response to the rest of this absurdly wrong paper by David L. Phillips:!
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Phillips mentions the suffering of Rohingya and Displaced persons - but he has nothing to
say about the suffering of the Rakhine Buddhists, and the many many Buddhists killed,
displaced, ethnically cleansed, and falsely accused. Nowhere in his paper does he have
ANYTHING nice to say about the Buddhists. And, as Ive shown above, he is completely
wrong about the history of the region as well as the history of Islam, and the characteristics of
Islam.!

Phillips talks of developing a shared narrative - like his slanted biased paper? Reciprocal
visits to holy sites? When was the last time a Buddhist, or any non-muslim infidel, was
allowed to go to Mecca? What would happen in the Muslim world if a Buddhist (especially a
Rakhine Buddhist) were to go to Mecca and chant a Buddhist scripture, or practice Vipassana
Meditation around the black box? How many Buddhists around the world would be killed for
that contamination of Mecca? Meanwhile, Muslims are free to come into any church or
temple - to see, to pray, or to blow themselves up in the name of their God.!

His agenda, as spelled out in this paper is a death sentence for the people, the culture, the
Buddhism, and the history of the Rakhine Buddhists ( and the other non-Muslims) of Arakan. !

And, the Muslims would have no regret, no remorse, and would soon be doing the same in
the rest of Burma - as they are in southern Thailand, Chittagong Hills in Bangladesh, against
the Christians of Egypt, Nigeria, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Indonesia, Philippines, and so many
other places.!

Read more here: scribd.com/rheizman !


especially the big report: Conflict and Violence in Arakan.!

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SEE this photo video gallery of Arakan: http://arakan-reality.smugmug.com!
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SEE many short videos about Burma: http://www.youtube.com/user/burmafriend88!
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