Myanmar’s leadership needs to protect their people

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Bradley Smith / The Watchdog

It’s always sad when personal heroes do questionable things. I grew up admiring Aung San Suu Kyi, current State Counsellor of Myanmar. A notable opposition figure against an oppressive military regime, Suu Kyi became Secretary General of a pro-democracy party. Suu Kyi was inspired by the nonviolent tactics of Gandhi as well as her Buddhist beliefs and remained fiercely dedicated to her country.

After the uprising was quashed by a junta, Suu Kyi was put under house arrest and although given the option of leaving the country where she could live in freedom, she spent nearly 15 years under house arrest between 1989 and 2010 where she furthered her Buddhist thought and spent hours meditating. For her nonviolent resistance, she was awarded the Sakharov Prize in 1990 and the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991.

I’ve been a big fan of Suu Kyi, she represents a lot of what I believe in. Peaceful resistance while actively, ardently fighting against an unjust and oppressive military regime takes immense strength of character. Spending decades bearing the burden of being a resistance icon targeted by the establishment with grace and poise is something that really had an impact on me.

Unfortunately, Suu Kyi is only human and current events in Myanmar have soured my impression of her. The Rohingya people are a historically oppressed minority in the Rakhine state of Myanmar and racial tensions have come to a breaking point after several instances of violence on both sides.

After riots in 2010, a state of emergency was declared in the Rakhine state and the military moved in to ostensibly keep the peace. Under the military, the Rohingya have suffered more and have been subject to what has been described as ethnic cleansing.

The military’s administration of Rakhine has seen the Rohingya subjected to extrajudicial killings, gang rapes, brutalities and looting. Helicopter gunships have even been used to kill Rohingya. Hundreds have been killed and more are fleeing the country. Reports are few however, as the Myanmar government refuses to let media or human rights groups into Rakhine.
The Rohingya were victims of the same brutal regime Suu Kyi fought against, but Suu Kyi does not support them in the least. When interviewed by the BBC, she went so far as to refuse to condemn the violence the Rohingya people have to endure. She denied the charges of ethnic cleansing and her position was described as purposeful ambiguity for political gain.

In May of 2015, the Dalai Lama publicly urged her to support the Rohingya people and saying that in two earlier private conversations, Suu Kyi was resistant. Suu Kyi even asked the US ambassador to Myanmar to not even use the word Rohingya.

These actions have made a big impact on how I think of Suu Kyi. It’s inexcusable to essentially legitimize this genocide, to brush it off like it isn’t a big deal. Suu Kyi knows exactly what it’s like to be oppressed by the military yet does nothing to help the Rohingya. In response to criticism, she replied “Show me a country without human rights issues.”

I was completely taken aback. A Nobel Peace Prize winner treating the persecution of the Rohingya like it wasn’t a big deal was shocking.

The Rohingya people need to be helped. There’s a refugee crisis in the area with thousands boarding boats and heading to countries like Malaysia and Indonesia. The United Nations has condemned the situation and still the Myanmar government does nothing.

The common theory is that Suu Kyi’s refusal to speak on the matter is due to the fact that it’s an election season and the majority of the country’s population does not support the Rohingya. By supporting to Rohingya, Suu Kyi would be committing political suicide.

When political pressures force otherwise honorable people to fail at basic human decency, it’s time for those politicians to take a look at who they have become.

2 Comments on Myanmar’s leadership needs to protect their people

  1. Islamization occurs when there are sufficient Muslims in a host country to agitate for their so-called ‘religious rights.

    When politically correct and culturally diverse societies agree to ‘the reasonable’ Muslim demands for their ‘religious rights,’ they also get the other components under the table. A big problem of over population in Bangladesh mainly cause Myanmar anxious.At first, they sneak in illegally and start their lives as peddlers hawkers etc. They cement their foot in Rakhine State in Myanmar peacefully.Then they caret to become more and more population ( taking four wives and having multi kids system) so that they can overwhelm there with their huge population and create different problems to the native Rakhine people.
    By May 1942 the Bengali-Muslim men from all the Bengali villages in the frontier area and many more from across the border of Bangladesh had gathered, armed with guns and swords and spears, and began their genocidal campaign against the Buddhist-Rakhine villages.
    About 30,000 Rakhine Buddhist were killed in this absolute genocide in the Buthidaung area.
    Today,in this Buthidaung area, Native Rakhine people are becoming less and less and Bangalies people are becoming more and more.Muslims population have reached 90% while native Rakhine are left with 10%.
    They only bring chaos and destruction to the host countries like Burma. They are parasites to any civilized societies.
    They are hijacking Rakhaing people identity “Rohingya” and also demanding independent Sharia Islamic state in this country .

    As long as the Muslim population remains around 1% of any given country they will be regarded as a peace-loving minority and not as a threat to anyone. In fact, they may be featured in articles and films, stereotyped for their colorful uniqueness:

    United States — Muslim 1.0%
    Australia — Muslim 1.5%
    Canada — Muslim 1.9%
    China — Muslim 1%-2%
    Italy — Muslim 1.5%
    Norway — Muslim 1.8%

    At 2% and 3% they begin to proselytize from other ethnic minorities and disaffected groups with major recruiting from the jails and among street gangs:

    Denmark — Muslim 2%
    Germany — Muslim 3.7%
    United Kingdom — Muslim 2.7%
    Spain — Muslim 4%
    Thailand — Muslim 4.6%

    From 5% on they exercise an inordinate influence in proportion to their percentage of the population.

    They will push for the introduction of halal (clean by Islamic standards) food, thereby securing food preparation jobs for Muslims. They will increase pressure on supermarket chains to feature it on their shelves — along with threats for failure to comply. (United States ).

    France — Muslim 8%
    Philippines — Muslim 5%
    Sweden — Muslim 5%
    Switzerland — Muslim 4.3%
    The Netherlands — Muslim 5.5%
    Trinidad &Tobago — Muslim 5.8%

    At this point, they will work to get the ruling government to allow them to rule themselves under Sharia, the Islamic Law. The ultimate goal of Islam is not to convert the world but to establish Sharia law over the entire world.

    When Muslims reach 10% of the population, they will increase lawlessness as a means of complaint about their conditions ( Paris –car-burnings) . Any non-Muslim action that offends Islam will result in uprisings and threats ( Amsterdam – Mohammed cartoons).

    Guyana — Muslim 10%
    India — Muslim 13.4%
    Israel — Muslim 16%
    Kenya — Muslim 10%
    Russia — Muslim 10-15%

    After reaching 20% expect hair-trigger rioting, jihad militia formations, sporadic killings and church and synagogue burning:

    Ethiopia — Muslim 32.8%

    At 40% you will find widespread massacres, chronic terror attacks and ongoing militia warfare:

    Bosnia — Muslim 40%
    Chad — Muslim 53.1%
    Lebanon — Muslim 59.7%

    From 60% you may expect unfettered persecution of non-believers and other religions, sporadic ethnic cleansing (genocide), use of Sharia Law as a weapon and Jizya, the tax placed on infidels:

    Albania — Muslim 70%
    Malaysia — Muslim 60.4%
    Qatar — Muslim 77.5%
    Sudan — Muslim 70%

    After 80% expect State run ethnic cleansing and genocide:

    Bangladesh — Muslim 83%
    Egypt — Muslim 90%
    Gaza — Muslim 98.7%
    Indonesia — Muslim 86.1%
    Iran — Muslim 98%
    Iraq — Muslim 97%
    Jordan — Muslim 92%
    Morocco — Muslim 98.7%
    Pakistan — Muslim 97%
    Palestine — Muslim 99%
    Syria — Muslim 90%
    Tajikistan — Muslim 90%
    Turkey — Muslim 99.8%
    United Arab Emirates — Muslim 96%

    100% will usher in the peace of ‘Dar-es-Salaam’ — the Islamic House of Peace — there’s supposed to be peace because everybody is a Muslim:

    Afghanistan — Muslim 100%
    Saudi Arabia — Muslim 100%
    Somalia — Muslim 100%
    Yemen — Muslim 99.9%

    Of course, that’s not the case. To satisfy their blood lust, Muslims then start killing each other for a varieties of reasons.
    (percentages source CIA: The World Fact Book 2007)

  2. Trump blasted the “out of control” dishonesty of the most media accusing reporters of distorting facts to help special interests..
    “I don’t mind a bad story if it’s true. I don’t like fake stories, stories that should be a positive story when they make them totally negative.”
    They just highlighted the parts which they want to share to the world instead of expression the whole stories.
    They are turning a blind eye on the whole stories in the Rakhine state.

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