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Buddhist mobs attack aid workers' homes in Myanmar

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  • Heart and Mind BUENA VISTA, VA
    March 28, 2014 6:30 a.m.

    "Buddhist flags have been place in front of almost every house and office..." When I read that, I felt so grateful and glad that we don't have anyone forcing us to fly Mormon or Catholic or atheist flags here in the USA. Or do we have subtle, proxy flags?

  • happy2bhere clearfield, UT
    March 27, 2014 1:59 p.m.

    Brio

    I really appreciate your point that democracy does not work well in all countries. That is why I was against America sticking around in Iraq and trying to rebuild the country into a functioning democracy. Once we secured Iraq from WMD we should have bugged out. Instead we had Colin Powell saying "you break it you own it". The Bush people were not honest with what their ultimate intentions were. Islam and democracy, (at least as we practice it) does not mix. Even though Iraq had elections, the truth is, Iraq will devolve back into tribal/religious/cultural conflict, which is usual for them. As with Afghanistan, ultimately the religion will always trump the political.

  • Brio Alpine, UT
    March 27, 2014 1:24 p.m.

    Democracy simply doesn't work well in all environments, especially when the government acts as a theocracy to the majority religion. Acquiring newfound democracy has proven itself to be detrimental in Iraq, and now in Myanmar.

    The level of religious bigotry in both countries is astonishing and very sad, especially when considering the principle purposes of the effected aid workers in Myanmar are to help disenfranchised people find security, food, medicine and lodging... the very basics of a civilized society. On the contrary, the treatment they and the aid workers are now receiving seems quite uncivilized.