While substituting for a teacher today, I suddenly came across a small bio with picture of Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma. The democratic leader of Burma whose vocal criticism of the government of Burma led to her arrest and imprisonment.
I couldn’t avoid -no matter how much I attempted-but to explain the genocide of Rohingya Muslims in Burma and how this leading figure of Burma has stood silent and still to the gross injustice against the Rohingya Muslims in Burma.
And I couldn’t help but to mention that I ascertained three signatures from Congressmen while helping Rachel Ryon and others of US Campaign for Burma, for a House Resolution condemning China and Burma and Aung San Suu Kyi’s imprisonment. Such efforts led to her release from prison , yet when I asked Aung San Suu Kyi to publicly condemn the genocide against Muslims in Burma, emetic silence was the retort.
It’s called partisan human rights! No one cares about Burma because ‘peaceful’ Buddhists are murdering humans in Burma because they are Muslims.
So the chapter reminded me of the following video :) Enjoy…
BURMA: Ethnic Cleansing & Genocide/CCTJP Movement
Journalists: Tim King, Siraj Davis, and Agron Belica
Aldin Entertainment Music Group
Music Produced by Sinma Co-Produced by Jamal Belica
Video Production by Tim King Editor In Chief
Commissioned by Salem-News.com
SALADIN, WHERE ARE YOU?
The dissolution of the British Empire after the Second World War left a number of problems that still fester, several in the Muslim World. The most notorious, of course, is Palestine, a problem that now preoccupies its successor, the American Empire. There is the unresolved question of Kashmir that endangers the peace of the Indo-Pak subcontinent. There is also the British legacy of the Northwest Frontier in which the 19th-century British colonialists created an ad hoc border that divides the Pashto-speaking people in Afghanistan and Pakistan on both sides of it, a guaranteed recipe for instability and conflict, as we Americans should know by now.
And then there is another legacy, especially in Southeast Asia, not the result so much of imperial conquest and as of colonial enterprise.
During the 19th and first half of the 20th centuries, hundreds of thousands of workers were imported from India to work the plantations and fields of Malaysia and parts of Burma. Many were encouraged to settle there to make colonial Burma, for example, a fruitful model of the economic benefits of British imperialism.
Hence the presence of the Rohingyas in modern Burma, the descendants of the Bengali Muslims who were attracted to the empty spaces of Arakan and adjacent regions in colonial times. During WW II, when Burma was occupied by the Japanese, the Rohingya fought on the Allied side against the occupiers. A few years after the war ended, like India and Pakistan, Burma became an independent nation. The debt to the Rohingyas was quickly forgotten. Burma soon slid into totalitarian and military rule, a rule which is just ending now. With the coming of “democracy,” old scores are being settled and the Rohingyas are beginning to suffer horribly.
What will the world do? With the United Nations reduced to the status of an expensive debating society, while the “super powers” decide on priorities with their vetoes, one may expect the usual temporizing from that quarter. Look at Palestine! Bangladesh, one of the poorest countries on Earth, is not interested in adding its distressed cousins to their own burden. Other Muslim countries? There is a lot of talk about the Muslim Commonwealth, but not much action when national interests are involved.
The outlook is bleak. Saladin, where are you?
—Jay R. Crook, Ph.D.
Hypocrisy of Western nations ignores Burma, & has 4 so many decades, while proclaiming humanitarian superiority in devastating Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen, LIbya, etc. (calling it “Liberation of Oppressed”). US officials have, over decades, made billions in heroin trade dealing w/military beasts of Burma but apparently there is not enough oil or other readily accessible resources 2 consider these people “Oppressed”. Agron, my brother, once again you show faces these nations deny exist.
M. Dennis Paul Ph.D.