The siren who wrecked Myanmar’s democracy mission

your say September 21, 2017 00:44

Thank you, Aung San Suu Kyi. Thank you for confirming what I have known about you not only for the last year of the Rohingya crisis, or the last five, or the last 15 years of scorched-earth offensives against other ethnic nationalities in the east and north.

Or even dating all the way back to 1996, when I quietly became suspicious. You are truly despicable, almost without precedent.

Let me explain why.

If a bad person – say, a criminal already – is later discovered to be a serial killer, it’s not that surprising. They were just a lot worse than we realised. But if our friendly neighbour next door is exposed as a killer, we’re shocked. How could we not have seen it? But if someone revered by millions as saintly is later uncloaked as a monster, that’s simply beyond the pale. And that is precisely what we have experienced with you.

There is genocide in Myanmar. Of course, there has been genocide for decades. But there is a new type of genocide in the country, what the UN calls “textbook” wholesale and rapid destruction of an ethnic group, and for the entire world to see.

You have just denied this genocide. But you are much more than a simple denier. You are a participant! Your office has led the way in demonising the Rohingya, branding the entire group as terrorists. You even ridiculed the stories of young girls who had seen their families slaughtered and then been gang-raped. You, a woman yourself, blamed these victims, and labelled their claims “fake rape”! How could you possibly do this?

You are a member of a three-part dehumanisation team, to prepare the way for mass slaughter. Together with the fascist monk Wirathu, and army commander Min Aung Hlaing, you not only legitimised the idea of destroying the Rohingya, you effectively called for it. You are guilty of conspiracy to commit genocide, and should be imprisoned, in a real prison – not a lakeside villa, for the rest of your natural life.

What type of person would ignore over 400,000 new refugees? The answer: the individual who is responsible. Criminals typically have zero interest in the suffering of their victims.

UN investigators should now interview the surviving victims and compile evidence about all of the villages and towns that have been (and are still being) attacked. The Rohingya must then be allowed to return home, and be given the resources and protection needed to rebuild their lives. We, the people and the democratic governments of the world, can demand this.

All of the ethnic nationalities of the country should further understand, Aung San Suu Kyi is not your friend. She is a racist. She is against you. Never fall into her “peace process” trap. Never surrender. She’s old. She’ll die before you know it. At that point a new phase in the struggle for genuine democracy will begin. 

The military can be defeated. The people of the country can still someday know peace and have their human rights, even if – because of her treason – it takes another 30 years.

Roland Watson