Who is Responsible?
Phil Robertson, an Human Rights observer, likens the island to “a de facto prison island. It’s like the Rohingya Alcatraz.”
Robertson says, “There’s concerns about health, there’s concerns about medical services, there’s concern about adequate amounts of food and other supplies. I mean, it’s a disaster waiting to happen.”
While Rohingya migration, fleeing Myanmar’s anti Terrorism drive since long, more acutely after 2017, is nothing new. What is essential, is the fact, of them being viewed with suspicious eyes as refugees by all countries including China, Bangladesh, Malaysia, and Sri Lanka.
It is a fact, that all humans are peace-loving, with forward propensity, to peacefully co-exist with others, without regard for religion, ethnicity, and regionalism. Hence what are the factors which seem to influence behavior and identity of a collective, to result in an universally acknowledged fact.
Onus to redeem, lies with the community itself? or the Radicals and state-sponsored instruments, are the larger factor, responsible for the plight of majority of Rohingyas.
China-ISI Radicalization in Mayanmar
Confluence of Communist Insurgency and Radical Islamization
China’s interference in Mayanmar and bid to have a Maoist-communist insurgency, is decades-long. The Kachin Independence Army (KIA), supported by Chinese communists, situated in the country’s north, once controlled most of the northern Kachin state apart from major towns, with the rebels running their own administrative buildings, schools, clinics, and military bases.
When the KIA signed a ceasefire agreement with the Myanmar’s Armed Forces in February 1994, the camps it still maintained after losing several positions were even more fortified with an entirely new headquarters, which later became a town, established at Laiza.
Communist Party of Burma(bankrolled by China’s Communist Party) previously controlled a 20,000-square-kilometer territory in Shan state, most of which is now in the hands of the United Wa State Army (UWSA), the country’s largest and best armed insurgents.
Myanmar’s new Chinese supported insurgents, namely the Arakan Army (AA) in western Rakhine state and the Taang National Liberation. Army (TNLA), an ethnic Palaung group in northern Shan state, were initially trained by the KIA but have since opted for a different kind of resistance.
Meanwhile, to get Islamic Terrorism going, was the task given by China to Pakistan Army and its Inter-Services Intelligence(ISI). ISI formed Rohingya Solidarity Organization (RSO), which became the most influential and extreme faction amongst Rohingya insurgent groups by basing itself on religious grounds. It was ordained by ISI to be given support from various Islamist groups, such as Jamaat-e-Islami, Hizb-e-Islami and later link it with Hizb-ul-Mujahideen(HM) and Harkat-ul-Ansar(HuA) of Kashmir.
By the 90s, Rohingyas were sabotaged, to function under directions of the ISI, who equipped them with light machine-guns, AK-47 assault rifles, RPG-2 rocket launchers, claymore mines, and explosives. Thus started the bloody decade which lasted till 2012 mass exodus from Myanmar.
Till now, China’s interference in fostering Rohingya crisis has been through ISI and Pakistan Army. However, with Myanmar Armed forces, achieving considerable success in 2012, Dragon was to interfere directly.
With ISIS’s offshoot ISKP coming around in Afghanistan and its slow but sure integration with TTP of Pakistan, China, through its all-weather terrorist friend-Pakistan Army, had achieved the impossible. By 2015 it started directing the affairs of Rohingya terrorism, and using ISKP assets, it removed RSO from the picture and brought up a new wave of hate and terrorism.
Alliance of ISI-Haqqani network-driven ISKP regulated Harakah al-Yaqin came into being which was later changed to the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army or ARSA, well along the lines of above mentioned Communist Insurgency the Arakan Army (AA) .
Rohingya Radicalization has now no international Takers
Pakistan Army-China have created an ideal situation, to let South East Asia burn-in Rohingya Backlash-Islamic Radicalization impasse. While the region’s other countries, including Islamic heavy nations such as Bangladesh and Malaysia, refuse to harbor Rohingya, labeling them a radicalized community, and hence a threat. ISI-China’s communists continue to use their radical Islamic leanings, in destabilizing these nations.
In 2017, Sri Lankan monks and nationalists stoned the shelter, prompting its 31 Rohingya occupants, mainly women, and children, to flee for their own safety. In a statement, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees said the incident was alarming, saying the refugees, who earlier have been victims of violence and persecution in Myanmar, from which some 422,000 Rohingya have fled to nearby Bangladesh over the past month, are viewed not as community that can exist without the Radical Islam framework, that Pakistan Army and ISI has turned it into.
Bangladesh too has been hit by violence from Rohingya settlers, who are routinely guided by Pakistan Army’s handlers. Bangladesh police have blamed Rohingya militants for the killing of a ruling-party politician last year and accused refugees of smuggling drugs from Myanmar: a trade that activists say is legacy of ISI-Pakistan Army, to control the Rohingya Strongmen. Several Rohingya are reported to have been killed in shootouts with police.
ISI routinely creates strife, in a bid to force the radical elements to take refuge in neighboring India, Illegally. Fighting between rival gangs in the Rohingya refugee settlements in Bangladesh has forced hundreds of people to leave their shelters, where at least seven have died.
“When it is night, it becomes hell. When you try to sleep you hear a lot of firing, you hear a lot of bullets, people are screaming, people are fleeing from home,” said a Rohingya refugee, who lives close to where the fighting has taken place.
“I saw a large number of people, they were running with long knives, long sticks, and they were firing into the open,” they said.
Quit criticizing the arrangements by nations to safeguard their country from Pakistan-Communist China’s designs
ISI-Pakistan Army’s way of controlling Rohingyas, even after insistent radicalization drive is drugs.
The methamphetamine “yaba”, produced in Myanmar, has become pervasive in Bangladesh, where there are millions of addicts. Rohingya refugees have been blamed for introducing the drug to the country.
“The scenario is yaba versus yaba,” said one man. “Munna recruited some unemployed boys by offering them huge salaries and then ARSA could no longer influence in some areas but, for them, it is very important to keep control all over the camps.”
“A minority of people are engaged with them but the sufferers are the whole population. They can’t protest, they can’t speak against them, they are just stuck under them,” they said.
That is the tragic point, where humanity is not only challenged, but meek spectators , helplessly watching themselves avoiding a particular community.
China has demonstrated little interest in coordinating peace-support efforts with others. Successive Myanmar governments have sought to ensure the international community is coordinated in its support of the peace process. Although many mechanisms have been established to ensure such coordination, China has been notably absent from them, and on the contrary, has been fostering support to them, either through ISI-Pakistan Army, or directly too.
And five years hence, since the Communist China- ISI constituted ARSA, with mayhem in the world of innocent Rohingyas at their hands.
Displaced Rohingyas have ultimately found refuge in either Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, and India, and are ready, destitute cannon fodder, available to China-ISI’s Radical Islamic designs in South East Asia.
Till such time, Muslims are an available resource, in the hands of people using Radical Islam for political power and similar nefarious purposes, Muslims will be abused as fodder.
A radicalized mind is not to blame, but the powers behind that thought process. And it is of no international sense and political maturity, that Rohingyas are given a permanent refuge by any country, who refuse to do so.
Hence Bangladesh has every right, to get Rohingyas relocated, till such the community drags itself out of the clutches of Pakistan-China’s radicalization pogorom.
Rohingyas have a right to their land in Mayanmar, and to peacefully coexist with their brethren in Mayanmar, and it is up to them, as a community, to rescue themselves out of the mess that they have allowed themselves to be in, since last hundred years.
After all there are other Muslim communities in Myanmar, who have been peacefully coexisting and flourishing with the same people, and who refuse to be a puppet in the hands of Radical International Terrorists- the Pakistan Army and the divisive role which Chinese communists play out in each country, owing to that nation’s fault lines.
The same meddling by Pakistan Army-Communist China, in form of Radical Islamization-Radical Communism, is visible in France, the US, Middle East, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and many parts of Europe.
We as a world community will have to quit criticizing the small-term arrangements by nations to safeguard their country from Pakistan-Communist China’s designs, and focus on dismantling Pakistan Army’s Radicalization drive and Communist China’s destabilizing tactics, against fellow nations, for petty gains.
31 Dec 20/ Thursday Written By: Fayaz