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Understanding Humanitarian Crisis of Myanmar's Rohingya

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By Dr. Maung Zarni
May 5, 2014

Understanding Humanitarian Crisis of Myanmar's Rohingya

Rohingya are in effect crying out for help in ending Myanmar's official genocide, that is, deliberate policies of making conditions of life so unbearable that they would prefer to be dead than alive in their ancestral region within Myanmar.

Hence, the cries of Rohingy must be seen as the cries for ending the genocide which was originally initiated, long maintained and since 2012 outsourced to Nazi-inspired Rakhine extremists, by Myanmar's military leaderships.

Even the professionally measured UN Special Rapporteur on Myanmar Tomas Ojea Quintana has finally pronounced the word 'genocide' in specific reference to Myanmar's racist persecution and destruction of Rohingya.

Genocidal acts are being committed by Myanmar government and its local proxy, namely ultra-racist Rakhine who publicly draw inspiration from the Nazis of the past and contemporary Israel.

As UN Special Rapporteur on Myanmar Tomas Ojea Quintana put it honestly and publicly at the London Conference on the Rohingya persecution on 28 Apr: "there are elements of a genocide (in the case of Myanmar's Rohingya)".

Let me be on the record:

Anyone, any organization, any government that refuses to call the Rohingya genocide by its proper name is adding insult to the injury.

Be reminded how the entire Western world refused to accept that Hitler was pursuing a policy of extermination of Jews in the 1930's.

In the early days of the Third Reich, the British, the Swiss, the Swedes, the Norwegians, the Finns, the French, the Americans, etc. were all busy trying to do business with Hitler. Wall Street's financiers were busy dining and wining with Nazi borrowers. General Electric had no qualm selling its equipment to the Nazi customers. Chamberlain was for appeasement with Hitler, while the Bank of England happily carried out transactions for the Nazi account holders. The Swedes had an early pact with Hitler and SAAB was supplying its powerful engines for fighter bombers in Hitler's Air Force. The now peace-exporting Norway and Finland were fully collaborative with the Nazis. The good ol' Swiss Banks busied themselves helping gold teeth from the gassed victims of Final Solution, or depositing Nazi loots of all types.

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