- Aug 2010
- Welsh Marches
I'm sorry, you've just assumed from your quick reading that the Burmese government's propaganda line is entirely correct, you surely should realize that in situations like this, it is necessary to be wary and critical of what everyone claims! Especially in a case like this, where the history is complex and sometimes murky. There is no doubt that Muslims have been settled in Arakan for centuries, and it cannot reasonably be claimed that all of them are simply recent illegal immigrants from Bengal. And even if they were, that wouldn't justify a state unleashing its armed forces on them, and encouraging interethnic violence between the Rakhine Buddhists and the Rohingya Muslims (resulting in incidents in which the Rohingya can be presented as having provoked their own persecution, an oversimplification - to put it mildly - that you accept without question). The 2016-7 operations undoubtedly used arbitrary violence, extradicial killings and rape as means as a means to force hundred of thousands of people over the border.There is a lot of conflicting info about Rohinhyas, as per my quick read on them. They used to be called Bengalis. They seem to be spillover from next door Bengal. They surely look so. Rohinhya seems to be a recent manufactured name to justify their conflicts with the Burmese. Burma continue to address them as Bengalese. If they had lived like the Yazidis in Iraq peacefully, they would have been left alone. But they seem to have taken this tit-for-tat with the Burmese.
Only 400,000 live in Burma now with 1.3 million back in their original homeland Bangladesh.