The Genocide the U.S. Didn’t See Coming

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The Genocide the U.S. Didn’t See Coming

The village of Tula Toli in northern Rakhine state was the scene of some of the worst violence in the days after August 25. Uniformed troops charged the village, shot or hacked the men to death, and raped the women, locked them in houses and set the houses on fire. Children were not spared: Security forces tossed them into the flames or the river bordering the village, several Rohingya who escaped told me. Among the survivors was a young mother, Laila Begum, who ran for the river with her children as the security forces closed in. Begum lost hold of her 3-year-old son in the chaos. Then, as she jumped into the water to get away, an assailant tore her 18-month-old daughter out of her arms. Back on land, Begum stumbled on the body of a woman whose throat had been slashed. Next to the body sat a dazed little girl covered in blood. Begum grabbed the girl and ran, joining other Rohingya in the exodus to Bangladesh. When I met them in Moynarghona, the round-faced girl, who looked around 2 years old, called Begum “ma.” Begum called the girl Yasmeen.
I read this sort of thing and two thoughts spring to mine:

What kind of animal is homo sapiens anyway, that this sort of thing can happen? How can there be so much evil in the world?

and

Why is the US responsible?
 
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Sounds a lot like Rwanda.

500,000 to a million were slaughtered...
There are so many examples of genocide, yes, Rwanda, then there's Cambodia under Pol Pot, there's the Armenian genocide, and the most infamous of all, the Nazi holocaust.
 
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The Genocide the U.S. Didn’t See Coming



I read this sort of thing and two thoughts spring to mine:

What kind of animal is homo sapiens anyway, that this sort of thing can happen? How can there be so much evil in the world?

and

Why is the US responsible?
The violence has also upended what was supposed to be an American success story—the much-fêted opening to an increasingly democratic Myanmar, championed by a U.S. president, Barack Obama, eager to make friends of old enemies willing to change their behavior.

For Obama’s former advisers, some of whom fought to lift sanctions on Myanmar, it is a slow-rolling disaster that gnaws at their consciences. The country’s political transition has meant new rights, freedoms and opportunities for millions in Myanmar.

But for the Rohingya, it has meant despair. “Whenever I close my eyes, I see the people I lost,” one 21-year-old Rohingya rape victim said. “I don’t see any future.”
 
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The violence has also upended what was supposed to be an American success story—the much-fêted opening to an increasingly democratic Myanmar, championed by a U.S. president, Barack Obama, eager to make friends of old enemies willing to change their behavior.

For Obama’s former advisers, some of whom fought to lift sanctions on Myanmar, it is a slow-rolling disaster that gnaws at their consciences. The country’s political transition has meant new rights, freedoms and opportunities for millions in Myanmar.

But for the Rohingya, it has meant despair. “Whenever I close my eyes, I see the people I lost,” one 21-year-old Rohingya rape victim said. “I don’t see any future.”
Not that they (Rohingya) were treated very well BEFORE the 'democracy' :smiley-shrug:
 
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Not that they (Rohingya) were treated very well BEFORE the 'democracy' :smiley-shrug:
IDK anything about it. I just scanned the article for the answer to the question raised by the OP.
 

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IDK anything about it. I just scanned the article for the answer to the question raised by the OP.
IMHO things barely changed over there at all. The military gave up just a bit of political power. But they themselves still remain very powerful, and unaccountable to anyone, least of all the new civilian government headed by that Nobel Peace Prize lady whose name I cannot spell from memory.
 
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There are so many examples of genocide, yes, Rwanda, then there's Cambodia under Pol Pot, there's the Armenian genocide, and the most infamous of all, the Nazi holocaust.
And don't forget the American genocide on the native Americans along with stealing their land. All in the name of Christ. (Manifest Destiny).