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

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’sBihar province early on Sunday morning. Nine coordinated bomb blastsinjured two monks, one from Tibet and one from Myanmar (Burma), anddid limited damage to the famed Mahabodhi temple complex. The templeis famous because it’s believed that Lord Buddha attainedenlightenment in 531 BC sitting under the giant Bodhi Tree within thecomplex. The temple and the Bodhi Tree are both safe.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks, but it’s believedthat the perpetrators are Pakistani-based Islamist terroristsconducting previously threatened revenge attacks for as series ofatrocities conducted by Buddhists on Muslims in Myanmar (Burma), whereat least 237 people have been killed and 150,000 people, particularlyRohingya Muslims, have been displaced from their homes.

According to tweets from terrorist leader Hafiz Saeed in Lahore:

“The Indian government is working in cahoots withBurmese government to wipe out Muslim population of #Burma.

The prevailing silence of international community on the issue of

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

It is a moral responsibility on the newly elected government totake practical measures for stopping this genocide of Muslims in

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

Muslim rulers must unite and raise their voice for the genocide ofmuslims in #Burma at the security council.”

Last year, the al-Qaeda linked Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), thePakistan branch of the Taliban, threatened to “attack Burmeseinterests” if the Pakistan did not cut off its diplomatic relationswith Myanmar. Hindustan Times and India Today

World fault lines

Long-time readers are aware that generational theory predicts anapproaching 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 Muslimsin the last year in east Asia has added to the understanding of thefault line trends in the world. The following is my informal list ofsome of the major fault lines that are developing and leading to thisnew 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 Sundayin support of Wednesday’s ouster of Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsias president, while tens of thousands of angry Islamists, mostlymembers of the Muslim Brotherhood, protested in a smaller square at amosque miles away for the reinstatement of Morsi. There had been someviolence on Friday, as confrontations between the two groups resultedin dozens of deaths. However, there has been almost no violence sincethen, as leaders of both groups avoided confrontations, while the armyset up checkpoints throughout the city.

Saturday’s political farce, where the position of prime minister wasoffered to, then withdrawn from, the extremely divisive liberalpolitician Mohamed ElBaradei, has not been entirely clarified onSunday. On Sunday evening, reports surfaced that ElBaradei would beappointed as one of Egypt’s many vice-presidents, while theappointment of prime minister would be offered to Ziad Bahaa El-Din,founding member of the Egyptian Social Democratic Party, a socialistleft of center party. The ultra-conservative Salafist al-Nour partyhad rejected to appointment of ElBaradei, but a party deputy says thatthey would welcome El-Din: “He is one of the liberal figures that wegreatly respect.” However, none of this is official as ofthis writing.

Bitterly angry Muslim Brotherhood members are rejecting any governmentappointments that don’t reinstate Morsi. It’s now considered thehighest priority among officials of the interim government to seekways to bring Brotherhood members into the new government, as theycomprise some 30% of the population. Al-Ahram (Cairo) and Al-Ahram (Cairo)

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