World View: Jihadists Conduct Revenge Attack on Buddhist Temple in India

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  • Jihadist attack on India's Buddhist Temple in revenge for Burma atrocities
  • World fault lines
  • Millions of Egyptians protest in rival demonstrations

Jihadist attack on India's Buddhist Temple in revenge for Burma atrocities

The Bodhi Tree where Lord Buddha achieved enlightenment in 531 BC
The Bodhi Tree where Lord Buddha achieved enlightenment in 531 BC

Terrorists struck a famous Buddhist temple in Bodh Gaya in India's Bihar province early on Sunday morning. Nine coordinated bomb blasts injured two monks, one from Tibet and one from Myanmar (Burma), and did limited damage to the famed Mahabodhi temple complex. The temple is famous because it's believed that Lord Buddha attained enlightenment in 531 BC sitting under the giant Bodhi Tree within the complex. The temple and the Bodhi Tree are both safe.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks, but it's believed that the perpetrators are Pakistani-based Islamist terrorists conducting previously threatened revenge attacks for as series of atrocities conducted by Buddhists on Muslims in Myanmar (Burma), where at least 237 people have been killed and 150,000 people, particularly Rohingya Muslims, have been displaced from their homes.

According to tweets from terrorist leader Hafiz Saeed in Lahore:

"The Indian government is working in cahoots with Burmese government to wipe out Muslim population of #Burma.

The prevailing silence of international community on the issue of #Burma is saddening to say the least.

It is also an obligation on the whole Muslim ummah to defend the rights and honor of #Rohingya Muslims in #Burma.

It is a moral responsibility on the newly elected government to take practical measures for stopping this genocide of Muslims in #Burma.

We will work for consensus between all religious and political parties on #Burma issue.

Muslim rulers must unite and raise their voice for the genocide of muslims in #Burma at the security council."

Last year, the al-Qaeda linked Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), the Pakistan branch of the Taliban, threatened to "attack Burmese interests" if the Pakistan did not cut off its diplomatic relations with Myanmar. Hindustan Times and India Today

World fault lines

Long-time readers are aware that generational theory predicts an approaching Clash of Civilizations world war, with China, Pakistan, and Sunni Muslim countries versus the U.S., India, Iran and Israel.

The spectacular rise in genocidal fury between Buddhists and Muslims in the last year in east Asia has added to the understanding of the fault line trends in the world. The following is my informal list of some of the major fault lines that are developing and leading to this new world war:

  • Buddhists versus Muslims in east Asia
  • Hindus versus Muslims in central Asia
  • India and Russia versus China and Pakistan in central Asia
  • Sunni Muslims versus Jews and Shia Muslims in Mideast
  • Northern Protestants versus southern Catholics in Europe
  • Orthodox Christians versus Sunni Muslims in the Caucasus
  • European descendants versus indigenous descendants in Latin America
  • Peasants versus Communist elite (by birthright) in China
  • North (Mandarin speaking) versus South (Cantonese) in China
  • Rural versus Urban in China
The above list is subject to change as the news develops.

Millions of Egyptians protest in rival demonstrations

Millions of Egyptians demonstrated in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Sunday in support of Wednesday's ouster of Muslim Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsi as president, while tens of thousands of angry Islamists, mostly members of the Muslim Brotherhood, protested in a smaller square at a mosque miles away for the reinstatement of Morsi. There had been some violence on Friday, as confrontations between the two groups resulted in dozens of deaths. However, there has been almost no violence since then, as leaders of both groups avoided confrontations, while the army set up checkpoints throughout the city.

Saturday's political farce, where the position of prime minister was offered to, then withdrawn from, the extremely divisive liberal politician Mohamed ElBaradei, has not been entirely clarified on Sunday. On Sunday evening, reports surfaced that ElBaradei would be appointed as one of Egypt's many vice-presidents, while the appointment of prime minister would be offered to Ziad Bahaa El-Din, founding member of the Egyptian Social Democratic Party, a socialist left of center party. The ultra-conservative Salafist al-Nour party had rejected to appointment of ElBaradei, but a party deputy says that they would welcome El-Din: "He is one of the liberal figures that we greatly respect." However, none of this is official as of this writing.

Bitterly angry Muslim Brotherhood members are rejecting any government appointments that don't reinstate Morsi. It's now considered the highest priority among officials of the interim government to seek ways to bring Brotherhood members into the new government, as they comprise some 30% of the population. Al-Ahram (Cairo) and Al-Ahram (Cairo)

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