[Burma] shame on the international communityFrom: email@example.com
The Dictator's Handbook
Oct 13 2017 17:38:50
What a bunch of cowards in the face of obvious brutality. What craven
I spoke to half a dozen ambassadors and senior aid agency staff members
in Yangon about what the problem was. All asked to speak off the record.
There are many reasons for their reticence, but a major one is this:
Myanmar has been presented as a success story, despite a host of
economic and ethnic problems.
Elections in 2015 elevated Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace Prize
laureate whose name was once a byword for acts of conscience, and
seemed to usher in a chance for democracy to take hold.
But whatever authority she has, as the nation’s state counselor, is
dwarfed by that of a military that ruled for nearly half a century and
continues to monopolize power.
Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi is not the one ordering Rohingya villages to be
burned down or civilians to be massacred. That firepower lies with the
Tatmadaw, Myanmar’s military, led by Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing.
In a Facebook post on Thursday recounting his meeting with the United
States ambassador, Scot Marciel, the military chief called reports of a
large exodus of Rohingya to Bangladesh an “exaggeration.” He reiterated
that Rohingya were “not the natives” of Myanmar.