“One of the world’s most persecuted minorities,” as the UN puts it, is being systematically murdered by a state that has been lauded for its acceptance of Western economic models, and for opening up to foreign investors. The country is Myanmar, and the people being systematically murdered and ethnically cleansed are the Rohingya.
The Rohingya Muslims of Southeast Asia have been brutalized, enslaved, raped, tortured and denied citizenship in a country they have been in for centuries. Many have been forced to flee for their lives to Bangladesh, only to be turned away and sent back to be slaughtered. And today, their very existence is being threatened. Extremist Buddhist factions have launched violent attacks on villages, burning them to the ground, sometimes with the inhabitants still in them. And the Myanmar government has continued to ignore their plight, placing them in squalid refugee camps to be forgotten.
This slow genocide has been happening for years, but the US media has barely taken notice. Perhaps it is because they happen to be Muslim. Perhaps it is due to Myanmar becoming the latest client state of neoliberal capitalist economic policies, which benefit large corporations by privatization and de-regulation. The International Monetary Fund has demanded reforms, but not for this crime against humanity. No. The reforms demanded are for the country’s financial institutions.
But no reason on earth can explain such inhumanity to those suffering in what amounts to concentration camps. And no reason on earth will ever excuse the international community for ignoring this epic tragedy for the sake of economic plunder.
Kenn Orphan 2014