Before I start, I would like to strongly suggest that you read the articles and things through the links in the post, and the articles through those, and so on.
In the past few months, attention on Burma has exploded. A lot. Particularly on the issue of the conflict between the Muslims and Buddhists in Burma sparked recently by the riots last month. Of all the Burmese Muslims, the Rohingya have been the most persecuted of all of them. There’s a whole history of Muslims in Burma, and there’s been years of genocide, and the massacre of those people is not old. I don’t know why the world’s acting like this issue didn’t exist and wasn’t being addressed and are just finding out-
-actually, I do. The thing is that this is very much an ethnic conflict that ties in with the Burmese people’s frustration with the Burmese government (or junta), and of the oppression under that government for many years. The issue in Burma isn’t one but two, and one of them is a civil war between the minor ethnic groups and the government. There’s that to begin with. And then (to quote boricuaislamica from this post), the Burmese Buddhists are “also being stoked by mass propaganda by the Myanmar government. They’re using the Rohingya as an excuse to avoid their own shortcomings with their failed economy, failed political system, and own failures to recover from one of the most deadly cyclones in recent history.”
Now here’s the thing.
I know people think that the media isn’t covering Burma and the Rohingya, but they are, at least, they’re doing it more than they were the same time last year. The thing with this is that people are calling for more media coverage without even knowing the history of the place or the conflict or anything. People who have started popping up with the issue have been oversimplifying the issue, the problem with which is that it is misinformation, and it goes back to hurt people- it goes back to hurt the Rohingiya. And they’re not thinking about how if it WAS an issue that easy, then it would have been resolved a long time ago.
So the media’s covering it, but the media’s not covering it because they legitimately care. The media, particularly the US media, is doing so in a very particular way where they enforce the oversimplification of a very long and complicated- and particularly fragile issue to something that can easily be fixed. The problem with that is that people are asking for foreign intervention in Burma.
And the problem with foreign intervention is that there’s oil found in Burma that the US wants, and the US has a long record of ruining places it intervenes in. Because my dears, the US doesn’t really care about the Rohingya or any other people, just that the US can get all the oil they need.
It’s a vicious cycle.