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Shaadaab S. Bakht: Beware of the tears
September 08, 2017
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ON MYANMAR
 
 
Agreed, no man is above suffering. That, I suppose, is one of the several prices one pays for being born. But to suffer because some people don’t like the name on the door of the house one has built and lived in for decades is horrible; to suffer because some people think that they own the land they stand on is loathsome and, of course, to suffer because some don’t approve of the God one worships is unacceptable. The tribunal of Man, whose legs are always rooted in illiberal muck, can’t be allowed to decide on the hierarchy of the gods.

That position has been challenged by people, some of whom are reportedly members of the administration, leading to bloody clashes in Myanmar.

Thousands of Muslim men, women and children in the Buddhist-majority country have been massacred. Pregnant women, who fled to Bangladesh, delivered their babies on sidewalks using tarpaulin sheets as curtains. About 16,000 school-age children and more than 5,000 are under the age of five who need vaccine coverage, worried aid workers said over the weekend.

What surprises me is that nature too decided to join the uniformed oppressors of the Myanmar government machinery. It’s playing heartless with the refugees. Thousands of the persecuted have been buried alive and have drowned owing to floods and mudslides caused by incessant rain. 

The violence that has sent nearly 125,000 Muslim Rohingya fleeing to Bangladesh is showing no signs of easing.

...she should learn a lesson or two in the handling of minorities from the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, who believes that “Islam belongs to Germany”
The latest brutality in Myanmar’s northwestern Rakhine state began on August 25, when Rohingya insurgents attacked dozens of police posts and an army base, the authorities claimed. The ensuing clashes and a military counter-offensive triggered the exodus of villagers to Bangladesh.

Myanmar says its security forces are fighting a legitimate campaign against “terrorists” responsible for a string of attacks on police posts and the army since last October. But pregnant women and children, who have been thrown out of their homes in full public view, couldn’t have been gun-toting terrorists. Obviously, the Myanmar forces’ justification for driving out people who have lived there for decades stinks of prejudice.

The Muslim nations are angry at the tardy response of the government to the deaths and the exodus.

The UAE has very strongly criticised the killings. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said that violence against Myanmar’s Muslims amounted to genocide. He called Bangladesh’s President Abdul Hamid to offer help in sheltering the Rohingya, Dhaka said.

Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi met top leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other officials in Myanmar, to urge a halt to the mayhem.

Suu Kyi’s office said Marsudi expressed the Indonesian government’s “support of the activities of the Myanmar government for the stability, peace and development of Rakhine state.”

The agony over the hapless victims of ethnic venom intensifies when we are told that the icon of democracy, Suu Kyi, almost worshipped by the masses, rules Myanmar.

One is being forced to say that she should learn a lesson or two in the handling of minorities from the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, who believes that “Islam belongs to Germany.”
Merkel made the remark at a TV duel with Martin Schulz, chancellor candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SPD), her major rival in the upcoming federal elections, as refugee and immigration issues were some of the prime focuses in the debate, Xinhua news agency reported. Both Merkel and Schulz saw no issue with Muslim immigration to Germany.

Did the Myanmar icon use democracy as a card to realise her dream of leading Myanmar? Her questionable response to the mindless killings does raise that unfortunate question.

Let’s hope that she sees reason because if the rain has been drowning the innocent, their tears could drown the oppressors. Humanity has indeed seen answers of oceanic proportions in drops of tears. 
 
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