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Belief Relief

 

Two of the smaller member states of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), are Sri Lanka and Bhutan.  Sri Lanka and Bhutan are both majority Buddhist nations.  Most of the ethnic Sinhalese people in Sri Lanka are followers of Theravada Buddhism.  A majority of the Bhutanese are followers of Vajrayana Buddhism.  However, the similarities end there as Sri Lanka and Bhutan offer two very different visions for society.

 

The Sri Lankan government of President Rajapakse has adopted the worst practices of the genocidal Israeli regime.  The Sri Lankan government has received arms shipments, including weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) like mines and cluster bombs, from Israel.  The Sri Lankan government has employed the same reprehensible tactics that the Israeli regime has ruthlessly and illegally used in committing war crimes against Palestinian civilians.  The Sri Lankan air force, like the Israeli Defense Forces, has conducted numerous air strikes on civilian populations in the Tamil ethnic minority area of Eilam.  The Sri Lankan regime has destroyed infrastructure (hospitals, bridges, utilities, homes, etc) and killed thousands of fleeing Tamil civilians, ostensibly to free the Tamil ethnic minority from the grip of terrorists.  This is a variation on “fighting fire with fire” and can be termed “fighting terror by terrorizing”.  Tens of thousands of ethnic Sri Lankan Tamils have been displaced, wounded and crowded into makeshift refugee camps.  The erroneous and morally indefensible methods of the Sri Lankan regime will backfire and ultimately result in the formation of a Tamil state of Eilam.  Sri Lanka is a Buddhist state that has turned its back on the Buddhist principles of peace and non-violence.

 

The Bhutanese government has transformed itself from an absolute monarchy into a constitutional monarchy with the active consent of the former monarch, King Jigme Singye Wangchuck.  King Jigme Singye Wangchuck coined the term “Gross National Happiness” -

a reference to the Buddhist notion that the ultimate purpose of life is inner happiness. 

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