Heya… So, I wanna talk about a couple of things that’s been happening in the world. More specifically, about what’s been happening in Myanmar.
(Coincidentally, I use the name Myanmar, instead of the other name of Burma, not because of any political reasons, but because that’s the name it’s now more commonly known by. I know that in the past, there are political reasons why Burma was the name used in the UK and USA and all that, but I always found it weird and confusing that we were seeing so many ways it could be described – the most common being “…Myanmar, also known as Burma…” – that I just decided I’m just gonna take the name that it’s most known as. That is, Myanmar.)
As we should know, there’s been a lot of attacks on Rohingya Muslims, and there’s been something like 400,000 or so that’s crossed the border to Bangladesh as refugees, and we’re getting told what appears to be different statements by all sides involved in this. According to the government of Myanmar, the Rohingya Muslims are actually Bangladeshi, and they’ve been living in the country illegally. The fact that pretty much all of them have been living in Myanmar for generations doesn’t seems to matter much.
Also, according to them, they are the aggressors, they are the ones attacking their own citizens – remember they don’t acknowledge them as being Burmese (I did a quick search for what you’d call a citizen of Myanmar, but the only thing I could find was Burmese or Myanmar (same as the country name, which would’ve been a bit confusing in this case)), and in fact their current (and extremely prejudiced) laws actually prohibit them from claiming Burmese nationality – and while it is true that there is a group of Rohingya Muslims who are fighting, the vast majority have lived in Myanmar without being aggressive at all.
And if you talk to the average Burmese – those not in Rohingya, that is – most of them will say that the Rohingya Muslims are not welcome, they’re often referring to them as Bengali (a citizen of Bangladesh, for the most part), they don’t think of them as Burmese at all.
A lot of that, by the way, is because of the military government who have, since they took over back in 1962, been very controlling over what their citizens see and hear. So, pretty much everyone who live in Myanmar have been brought up knowing only what the military wants them to know.
You can see the same kind of effects in most countries, by the way. Here, in the UK, we have a Tory government that has successfully, over many years, convinced a huge number of people that they care about them, and that under their leadership, they will get richer. Whereas, in reality, only the rich 1% will get anything. The rest, they don’t care about. But they are backed by almost every media outlet in the country. And the biggest thing the Tories are trying to do right now is to try and convince the population that the NHS is not working and that they should allow for some kind of privatisation, with a view to moving towards a US-style healthcare – which, as all know, only benefit the rich 1%. And you can see some of the media – especially those owned by the Murdoch Mafia and Nazi-supporting Rothermeres – supporting that.
It’s a little bit more severe in Myanmar, obviously, but you can see the same kind of effect in every country.
But Myanmar is run by the political party headed by Aung San Suu Kyi, right? Surely she could do something about it? Well… Yes and no to the first question, and not really to the second question.
See… The problem is, while it may seems to the average person looking from outside – and I included myself amongst them until I took the time to read a few articles (this is probably the best one) to find out more about it, it’s actually very clear that the military still retains most of the power, and most of all, they reserves the right to revert back to full military control at any time.
So, it’s almost an impossible choice for Suu Kyi. If she speaks out, there’s every chance that the military will switch back to full control of everything, and all and any progress that she made will have been lost just like that.
Faced with that option in front of her… That would be enough to make anyone pause. At the way things are going, she has a chance to keep working to change Myanmar so that it can a fully democratic country without any military control, and if she speaks out… All that effort, all that work, all those years… All gone, in the snaps of the fingers.
The other problem for Suu Kyi is the fact that most Burmese have lived for their whole lives being brought up to believe that the Rohingya Muslims are invaders, they are aggressors, all that. So if she speaks out for the Rohingya Muslims, most of the Burmese will… not reacts favourably, shall we say?
But we are talking about people here. Regardless of whether we are talking about “citizenship” or whatever, those Rohingya Muslims, they’ve been born in Myanmar, they’ve lived their whole lives in Myanmar, they are Burmese. So, we’re talking about genocide, we’re talking apartheid as well, because this is deliberate action on the part of the military government to deny people access to various things just because they’re classed as “different” – in this case, because they’re Muslims.
Working for the benefit of some people that lives in your country, and not all… That’s wrong. That’s the military government’s way of thinking – and in other countries, that’s the Tory way of thinking, that’s “45” and his Republican government way of thinking – and it’s not right. Every government in every country should always be aiming to work for the benefit of all, not just a subset of their population.
Honestly… As that article that I linked to up there suggested, the best thing for Suu Kyi is actually to resign and have that freedom to speak out again. It may means that she will lose some people who believed in her, but… Personally, I would rather being able to speak out and do what I can to help all, rather than being seen as a puppet of a cruel, unjust, butchering military “government”. Or worse, being seen in the eyes of the world as actually backing genocide and apartheid, which is what’s happening to her now.
Myanmar honestly needs a lot of work to progress, and the constitution of the country need to change a lot.
I actually used to admire Aung San Suu Kyi a lot for what she did over the years, but these past few weeks… She’d lost a lot of respect. I fully know and understand the impossible choice she faces, but being used as a pawn by the military government that she opposed for so long… *shakes head* Sorry, I find that hard to accept. And like the picture at the top says… If you stays silent, you’re on the side of the oppressors.
If I could, I’d say to her, “Do you really want to be remembered for this?”
In the meantime… Let’s see what we can do to help those affected by the criminal actions of the military government.