I’ve been writing about the Rohingya (Bengalis) for years and have watched the Muslim grievance lobby, human rights agitators, and government contractors sucker the media into believing that everything evil in Burma has nothing to do with Rohingya (they are only, and always! the poor victims) and has everything to do with Buddhist racism toward Muslims.
It is infuriating, but fascinating too, to watch the Leftists/open borders/human rights cabal and their media lapdogs build the case that the Rohingya Muslims are never the aggressor and will surely, and soon, renew their push to get them to the West as refugees. I think they just got momentarily distracted by the hordes of Syrians and they need to work those drums—save the Syrians and send us money—before properly renewing the push for bringing Rohingya to your neighborhoods.
To make my case against the media….
Ethnic conflicts stirred again recently in Burma (aka Myanmar) between the Rohingya Muslims and the majority Buddhists. Here is the headline of a story at The Nation earlier this week—“10 dead, mosques destroyed in Myanmar unrest.”
The casual reader might conclude that once again the bad evil Buddhists have killed ten Muslims and are busy burning down their mosques. But, read the story and see that it is unclear who exactly is to blame and who is dead. A tip-off might be in the seventh paragraph:
Police said several mosques were destroyed and a Buddhist monk was among two killed on Wednesday, but they did not give an updated toll for Thursday.
So, at least one Buddhist was killed—a monk! Did that start the riots? I don’t know, but the headline of the story was clearly written to make it look like once again the long-suffering Rohingya were being persecuted.
Fire in a refugee camp in Thailand
Then just across the border in Thailand there are huge refugee camps and unfortunately a wind-whipped fire killed dozens last week.
Here is the story from the Bangkok Post (titled: 35 die in fire at Karen refugee camp)
The Karen are Christians from Burma.
MAE HONG SON: Rescue workers picked through the ashes of hundreds of shelters on Saturday after a ferocious blaze swept through a camp for Karen refugees in Mae Hong Son, killing 35 people.
Around 100 people were injured in the fire that broke out Friday night at the Mae Surin camp, provincial governor Narumol Paravat told AFP by telephone, giving a reduced toll from the 45 dead previously stated.
Security sources said the blaze was not an act of sabotage.
However, investigators are trying to determine if the blaze was caused by an accidental cooking fire, or by sparks blown from forest fires that have been burning in the area.
“We have been able to get into the camp with food supplies and plastic sheets for shelters,” said Vivian Tan, a spokeswoman for the UNHCR.
The camp, located about 90 kilometres west of Mae Hong Son, town houses about 3,300 Karen refugees, she said.
It is one of nine refugee camps on the Thai-Myanmar border set up more than two decades ago to offer asylum for ethnic Karen fleeing the fighting between the Myanmar army and rebel troops.
Same unrest in Burma, same camp in Thailand, same fire, but Muslim publication!
Incredibly here is the story about both incidents in a Muslim news agency report (titled: Fire at Rohingya camp in Thailand kills 42).
A blaze at a refugee camp for Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar in northern Thailand leaves at least 42 people dead and dozens injured, the provincial governor says.
(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) – “The latest death toll we can confirm through military walkie-talkies is 42,” Mae Hong Son provincial governor Narumol Paravat told AFP on Saturday.
The official added that the death toll from Friday’s fire was likely to increase further as rescue workers are searching the area. [Fascinating! No mention of Rohingya dead here, but yet the title leaves the reader assuming the dead are Rohingya!—ed]
Hundreds of Myanmar’s Muslim residents have fled their homes following the eruption of fresh clashes between extremist Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims in Meiktila, located some 130 kilometers (80 miles) north of the capital city of Naypyidaw.
At least 20 people have lost their lives in clashes late on Wednesday after extremist Buddhists set fire to several mosques in the city. [No mention here that a Buddhist monk died—ed]
Following three days of deadly unrest, Myanmar President Thein Sein on Friday announced a state of emergency in the town of Meiktila.
Myanmar’s government refuses to recognize Rohingya Muslims as citizens and labels the minority of about 800,000 as “illegal” immigrants from neighboring Bangladesh.
Readers, I’ve been following this biased news on the Rohingya for five years now (135 posts)—it is so frustrating to watch! And, based on this type of reporting, your US federal refugee contractors will surely be telling the State Department we need to bring more Rohingya to America in 2014 to add to our collection of thousands and thousands of other Burmese ethnic group members already here.
Update March 26th: Hackers involved with “Anonymous” have created a twitter storm to help fuel the one-sided story of evil racist Nazi Buddhist monks vs. the good pure poor and maligned Rohingya Muslims. Here is just one report on what is happening.