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cgod  ·  700 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: UN High Commissioner on Human Rights: "A textbook example of ethnic cleansing"

Myanmar just needs to stay the course for another year or so and they'll be Muslim free.

They'll be the text book example of how to ethnically cleanse in the 21st century.

That is unless someone intervenes, I don't think anyone will.




kleinbl00  ·  700 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Roommate worked on First They Killed My Father. caught some of it last night.

Meanwhile I'm reading Without You, There Is No Us.

Burma's actions are drearily, shockingly familiar.

user-inactivated  ·  700 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I've been in a pretty good mood lately, and I'm trying to keep it, so I've been actively avoiding the majority of the heavier subjects on Hubski and elsewhere. This whole subject seems to really be the topic of the week though, and I think it deserves the attention it gets.

Anyway, I tend to think that the word "refugee" seems to mean in a sideways way "someone else's problem." In the case of Myanmar and the Rohingya, Myanmar sees the Rohingya as a "problem" they want to solve one way or another and this seems to be their solution. Since they're flowing into Bangladesh, they're becoming Bangladesh's "problem." China and India are both nearby and probably have the resources to help a bit. I don't know if they are or not, but if they aren't, it wouldn't surprise me, because it's not "their problem."

Anyhow, I hear the number of refugees is up to about 400k. That's probably the size of a medium U.S. city. Don't really got anything to close on that. Just, I dunno, if the enirety of Boston or Milwaukee or Saint Louis had to up and leave over the course of a week, people would sure as shit take that more seriously than what's going on over there now.

kleinbl00  ·  700 days ago  ·  link  ·  

If you look at it with dry eyes, the US involvement in Vietnam created a decades-long "problem" for China, while our involvement in the Middle East created a decades-long "problem" for Europe.

From a "great game" standpoint, kicking over an anthill next to the picnic blankets of the other two world powers is certainly a strategy.

For that matter, everybody letting a half million Muslims spill into Bangladesh is kinda like watching the fire ants run around before India spreads their blanket.

user-inactivated  ·  700 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    For that matter, everybody letting a half million Muslims spill into Bangladesh is kinda like watching the fire ants run around before India spreads their blanket.

I don't know how much the news is gonna continue to pay attention to this issue, but I think this is gonna be one of those decades long things, though it kind of has been already. The politics are complicated. The economics are complicated. Religion and ethnicity muddies things further.

This whole bit suuucks.