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Written by Dr Firoz Mahboob Kamal   
Saturday, 02 September 2017 21:29

The Crime and the Criminal Silence

More than a million Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine state of Myanmar are subject to genocidal cleaning.  Thousands of the Muslim children, men and women are brutally massacred. Women are being raped. Thousands of their houses, shops, mosques are blazed to ashes. To save life and chastity, several hundred thousand have already fled to Bangladesh, Thailand, Malaysia and other countries. The Rohingya Muslims are about 2 million; but now decimated to only one million through sustained eviction and ethnic cleansing. Now, the ethnic cleansing has attained a new barbaric level. But surprisingly, the whole Muslim World is showing their tongue-tied cowardice silence - as if nothing has happened in the world.

The western world’s current worry is North Korea’s nuclear tests and ballistic missile project; as if the Korean nuclear bombs and  missiles have started killing people in Europe and America and killing their friends in South Korea or Japan. So they could quickly convene an emergency session of the UN’s Security Council to impose more sanction against North Korea. The members of the Security Council show their full consensus on such sanction. But they couldn’t spare any time to think over the on-going genocide in Myanmar.  Rather they show their consensus only to keep their silence.  Whereas, the genocidal cleansing of Muslims in Myanmar hasn’t started today or yesterday; the UN body could sustain their silence for long years –as keep silence on killings in Kashmir, Palestine and Syria. In fact, such a posture of the World leaders tells a lot vis-à-vis what they can do in the future. So, the future of the Rohingya Muslims looks very gloomy. They have no friend and no helper. So far, they are suffering the most tremendous atrocities in silence; the carnage continues unfettered. They have received no help from any World Power.


The Moral Crisis of Bangladesh Government

In any disastrous calamities, the neighbouring countries always play the most important role in ameliorating the sufferings. So, the country like Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and many European countries extended their helping hands towards the war torn Syrian people. Pakistan and Iran came forward to give shelter to the Afghan victims of war for more than two decades. But, it is the worst tragedy that the Rohingya Muslims do not have any neighbouring state with kind heart. The next door country like Bangladesh suffers from extreme form of moral crisis. The government of Bangladesh has been very harsh and ungenerous to these ill-fated people. Their boats were not allowed to come nearer to the Bangladeshi shore or cross the Bangladesh Myanmar border. Even on the diplomatic front, the Bangladesh government didn’t show any noticeable displeasure towards the brutality of Myanmar government, let alone condemn it. Instead, Prime Minister Shaikh Hasina peruses a policy of appeasement towards the Myanmar government.

However, one can easily find some historical background for such an immoral congruency of the two neighbouring governments’ inhuman policy. The atrocities that are being committed by the Myanmar government and the country’s Buddhist thugs against the Rohingya Muslims, in 1971, after the defeat of Pakistan Army in the former province of East Pakistan, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s ruling party and its political cadres –in collaboration of the victorious Indian Army, did the same atrocities against the non-Bengali Muslims. About half a million non-Bengali Muslims living in Bangladesh were deprived of the civic right to possess any house, shop or property. Their houses and shops were forcefully taken by the ruling Awami League’s political thugs. They non-Bengali owners were sent to take shelter under the sky or in make-shift shanties; hundreds of thousands of them still live there. They were not given the citizenship of Bangladesh. As if, Bangladesh is only for the Bengalis. Myanmar government is perusing the same racist policy against the Rohingya Muslims.  So, the government of Bangladesh doesn’t possess any moral legacy or strength to condemn similar atrocities against the Rohingya Muslims.

So, the governments in both Myanmar and Bangladesh represent two faces of the same moral disease. During Soviet occupation, about 5 million Afghan refugees could find safe haven in Pakistan and Iran. More than 6 million Syrian refugees enjoy safe haven in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and even European countries. About half of the population of Lebanon and Jordan are refugees –either Palestinians or Syrians. But the Rohingya Muslims do not enjoy such a fortune. About 170 million Bengali Muslims show utter incompetence to show any compassion and give shelter even to few hundred thousand Rohingya refugees. Rakhine state of Myanmar is now a fortified prison for the Muslims. And the prison is now set on blazing fire; and the Bangladesh border security forces are doing every things to close the escape gate of the prison.

The coalition in crime

If the victims were Christian, Jews or Hindus, they would have received huge haul of weapons and strong political support from all over the world. And, if they could stand up to dismember any Muslim country, the support would have been many fold -as happened in the war against Pakistan in 1971 and against Sudan in recent decades . Since the victims in Myanmar are the Muslims, they have no friend in anywhere in the world! The human morality has entered into its most abysmal state. Now, there runs a global coalition in crime. Hence, those are in killing campaign in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria are not alone. In Myanmar, the killers are not alone either. The government of India has declared its readiness to stand behind Myanmar government for its war against Islamists. As if, the current genocidal cleansing of Rohingya Muslims is a war between Islamist and the Myanmar government.

In an extreme anti-Islamic milieu in politics, the Muslims don’t deserve any moral, political and humanitarian support. As if, they deserve only bombs, drones, eviction, occupation and genocidal massacre. The USA is committing such crimes in Afghanistan for 17 years, in Iraq for 14 years and now expanded the crime zone to Syria. Israel is committing the same atrocities in Palestine for more than 80 years. And in Kashmir, India’s barbarity continues for more than 70 years. Since the perpetrators of the crimes have never been punished, the government of Myanmar has boastfully joined the same club. The government of India has recently declared that India will stand behind the government of Myanmar against its fight against the Muslims. Even the government of Bangladesh has approached the Myanmar that the country is ready to collaborate with Myanmar to fight against any Rohingya insurgency.

The peaceful solution or the worst catastrophe

The genocidal cleansing of the Rohingya Muslims is not going to solve the problem, rather would flare the fire. This way, Myanmar will invite a war that it will never win. The solution of the problem lies only in recognition of the political reality; not in annihilation of these people. The Rakhaine state of Myanmar is a Muslim majority state with a strategically important coast line almost equal to that of Bangladesh. Historically, geographically and ethnically the inhabitants of the state are the part of Bengali Muslims. They are living there for thousands of year. They didn’t settle there in 1971 -as the Myanmar government claims. Such a claim is indeed a fabricated lie –made-up only to justify the ongoing genocidal cleansing and populate the state with the Burmese Buddhists.

Till 1948, it was kept as a part of British colony in Myanmar. If any concern for the safety and security of the Muslims had ever worked in the British conscience, this Muslim majority territory of Rakhine must have been merged with Pakistan. As a consequence, in 1971, it could be a part of Bangladesh. But that didn’t happen –as didn’t happen for the Muslim majority state of Kashmir. The same anti-Muslim bias got its horrendous display in Palestine, too.  Hence, what is happening in Kashmir, Palestine, and Rakhine is indeed the legacy of the British imperialists’ anti-Muslim policy. Now they racist government doesn’t want to follow any civilised route. In order to bring a Buddhist homogeneity in Myanmar, the fascist government of Myanmar and its Buddhist racists want a genocidal cleansing of the whole Muslim population from Rakhine. If they want to make Myanmar only for the Buddhists, why they do not allow the Rohingya people to separate from Myanmar and help them establish their own independent state or merge with Bangladesh. In 1947, such a division was unavoidable in India. Myanmar can escape such division either. The Myanmar government conveniently forget that the Rakhine state was never inhabited by the Buddhist.

The only choice

Now the Rohingya Muslims really run out of choice. They have to embrace either a total genocidal extinction or fight against the genocidal occupation. In Islam, there is no place for surrender. Surrender brings further punishment from Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la. In such a dire situation, fighting against the killers is obligatory on every Muslim. Cowardice incompetence would only add more disgrace and death to the Rohingya people. It is also true that the imperialist world leaders will do nothing against the genocidal criminals; rather they will label them as terrorist if they resist the genocide. Since Rakhine is not rich in oil, gas or other minerals doesn’t look important to the imperialists.

The imperialists would wish that the Rohingya people should embrace extinction rather than fighting the brutal occupation. Aun San Suu Kyi - the Nobel Prize winning leader of the Burmese nationalist, has already shown her real colour. Instead of condemning the perpetrators of brutal atrocities, she has blamed the Rohingya Muslims for all the problems in Myanmar. Now, she has coined Islamic terrorism to cover-up the crimes of her government. More awfully, the world leaders are showing their real colour too, by keeping their criminal silence and inaction. But for the Muslims, the issue is quite serious. At this critical juncture of the Rohingya Muslims, supporting their cause is not a matter of mere politics or humanitarian issue for them. It is the core issue of their religious faith. Those who have iota of faith in Islam, can he stay aloof on such a life and death issue of   his or her fellow Muslim brothers? Hence, 1,600 million Muslims now stand face to face with another crucial test. Failing in this test would only disqualify them as a true Muslim. Is there any doubt about that? 03/09/2017

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