The topic of ‘warrior monks’ isn’t a bad idea shedding light on the dark side of Buddhism is a relevant project; provided it doesn’t steer into the realm of PRC apologia (ie Michael Parenti’s neo-colonial propaganda). Yet as usual danios steers into imbecilic hatred he mentions religious conquests but then justifies Islamic conquests using historical illiterate reasoning:
“Islamophobes often complain that Islam gobbled up a significant part of the Christian world, which is true. Yet, the Christians themselves had conquered these lands aforetime.
Many colonies experienced multiple periods of foreign rule, the imperial Japanese (a state that danios views as a victim) were the worst colonizer in southeast Asia in what is now Indonesia they killed three million people (the total amount of victims is in the 20-30 million range) yet only an idiot would try to dismiss Japanese rule in Indonesia by arguing that “Japanophobes ignore that the Dutch had conquered these lands aforetime.” The abuses of an empire are not excuse by pointing out the existence of other empires or the fact that an empire was not the first to conquer a territory, only a neo-nazi would try to excuse the nazi occupation of Greece by arguing that “Germanophobes ignore that the Ottomans conquered these lands aforetime.”
“Is this simply not a case of Christians crying foul play when another religious group does to them what they did to the rest of the world”
Real or imagined Christian atrocities have no relevance to the question of Muslim conquests as any community college student who has enrolled in a logic 101 course knows. Danios is using red herrings and whataboutism to dismiss colonial abuses that relies on the strawman that any Christian that brings up the history of Islamic imperialism must be an apologist of Christian empires.
This isn’t the first time that Danios has stuck up for Islamic imperialism, from another post:
“If the Islamophobes insist that the Armenian Genocide, which took place in the span of eight years, defines the Ottoman Empire (which existed for over 600 years, meaning the Armenian Genocide lasted only 1% of its existence), then would they be consistent and use this logic to argue that the ethnic cleansing of the American Indians (which spanned more than a century and a quarter, or 53% of America’s existence) defines the United States?”
Danios insists on defining the US by its negatives, yet here he is defending an empire that was far more cruel than the US and culturally inferior to the US (unlike the US the ottoman empire was an autocracy with widespread illiteracy). Its also a bit of a strawman, I’d like to see an example of someone defining the empire by the Armenian genocide. And he’s attempting to dismiss a genocide by pointing to something that isn’t remotely comparable, its about as stupid as comparing the Sino-Japanese war to the war of 1812. The Hamidian massacres of 1894-96 claimed 80-300,000 lives, then came the Armenian genocide of 1915 that took at least one million lives thats including the Greek and Assyrian genocides that occurred at the same time.
By contrast historian William Osborn tallied every atrocity involving Indians from the first contact to the closing of the frontier he found that “7,193 people died from atrocities perpetrated by whites, and 9,156 people died from atrocities perpetrated by Native Americans.” Furthermore his definition of an atrocity is very broad (including actions like torture that didn’t cause deaths) so the total of 7193 Indians could in fact be an over count, more people died from 20th century gang warfare than from American actions in the Indian wars. Either way danios is an anti-American bigot, a dolt and an apologist for the Armenian genocide. We could compare manifest destiny to the Ottoman conquests (which lasted far longer than the Indian wars) but even that doesn’t work; four thousand Greek civilians were killed in the fall of Constantinople, thousands more were killed were killed during the Ottoman conquest of Greece. Danios’ absurd comparison only proves his historical ignorance. The article which has that quote whines that the US has been at war since 1776 yet the Ottoman empire was at since 1453.
Back to the article:
“I would also like to take this opportunity to distance myself from those who are using the violence in Burma to further Buddhaphobia.”
Buddhaphobia? Certainly anti-Buddhist bigotry is real but ‘buddhaphobia’ is a neologism that clearly means a fear of buddha describing bigotry as fear of a religious figure is absurd.
” Yesterday, the Jews were ethnically cleansed by the Nazis; today, they ethnically cleanse the Palestinians. ”
Yup danios has equated the genocide of six million Jews to the low intensity Arab-Israeli conflict which has since Israel’s founding claimed 15,000 lives; equating Israel to nazi Germany (as danios has done) is retarded, racist and too goddamn stupid for words Danios should apologize for such vile anti-Semitism.