A lot of people were surprised recently by the bombing near Bodhgaya in India, which is a holy site in Buddhism, but this seems to be part of larger trend of violence between Buddhists and Muslims in South Asia.
I have theory that the problem isn’t really a religious one, it’s a political one.
The problem is is that if you take two different groups of people, put them in the same area, they will get along until there’s a crisis: bad economy, lack of food or water, too much crime. It doesn’t matter which two groups you choose, any two groups will start to blame each other when there’s a crisis. Once they start blaming each other, they’ll assume the worst in the other. Once they do that, they will start to justify violence as a means of protecting “their” group against the “other” group. It seems like a religious conflict because the two groups involved identify themselves in religious terms, but you can see fights between rival football clubs too for similar reasons.
But what about the damage to Bodhgaya, Bamiyan and other sites? Sooner or later those sites would be destroyed. If the Taliban didn’t bomb Bamiyan, nature would eventually.
Anyway, life goes on. The great Library of Alexandria was destroyed a long time ago, and most of its books and scrolls were lost, but civilization continued and people regained lost knowledge. If they did lose something forever, no one remembers it anyway.
In other words, before we start some kind of war between Buddhists and Muslims, or Buddhists and any group, just remember: CTFD.