This hijacking of the religion of the majority to serve selfish political motives is nothing new but in fact a common move. An undeniable fact is that most commoners are easily stirred by religious and racial sentiments. By scheming a dividing and conquering move, the anti government conflicts, as can be seen from the recent anti Rohingya and anti Muslim sentiments created, have effectively drowned most anti government sentiments.
Buddhists, true to the Dhamma, should strive for Dhamma to prevail in our very own way to extoll the virtues of Buddhism amidst the created conflict. The Dhamma is full of methods to safeguard the happiness of laypeople. A common layperson knows the first precept to abstain from killing and injuring all beings. A monk knows the act of killing amounts to parajika offence. The knowledge of Metta Sutta is not uncommon in Myanmar. Kamma is not something unknown among Myanmar Buddhists. Hence, those involved in the conflict, while calling themselves Buddhists, have chosen to follow the kilesas instead of the liberating Dhamma.
Let us, non-Myanmar Buddhists lend support to monks in Myanmar who work for peace and reconciliation for the Sasana sake. Let us urge the Myanmar government to promote nationalism in a more Dhammic way - at the very least based on the 5 lay precepts and Metta Sutta. It is high time for us Buddhist to make the Sasana shine.