Media-Generated Persecution Stories: Myths About “Innocent Muslims” in China and Burma

During China’s Cultural Revolution in the 1950s and 1960s, upwards of 30 million Chinese were killed in mass purges typical of socialist systems. Few know about this and “Maoists” are not socially penalized or stigmatized. While papering over Mao’s mass murders, western populations are today being breathlessly told how China “oppresses” its Islamic citizens in the northwest, specifically in the Xinjiang Autonomous Region. Similarly, Burma, now under what amounts to Chinese protection, does the same to its eternally suffering Muslims. Islam has no greater supporter than the western world it seeks to destroy.

This paper will describe the nature of the mythology concerning these two countries, China and Burma. Islam is always a major cause celebre in the west, contrary to the myth that the west is “anti-Islam.” These stories are about weakening China. These regions are obscure to Americans, but this has nothing to do with their strategic value.
The UK Independent wrote on western China:

Muslims were detained for re-education by China‘s government and made to eat pork and drink alcohol, according to a former internment camp inmate. Omir Bekali, one among perhaps a million people reportedly arrested and held in mass re-education camps, said he was detained without trial or access to a lawyer and forced to disavow his beliefs while praising the Communist Party. Mr Bekali, a Kazakh citizen, said he contemplated suicide after 20 days in the facility – which itself followed seven months in a prison. Since spring last year authorities in Xinjiang region have confined tens or even hundreds of thousands of Muslims in the camps, including some foreign nationals. One estimate put the figure at a million or more (Kang, 2018).

Such accusations are typical propaganda tropes. The same themes reappear: irrational state policy, tremendously expensive forms of torture, “concentration camps,” specific acts designed to inflame foreign observers, deliberate torture for no purpose, lack of motive, personal “recollections,” huge numbers of victims and no possible verification. Most persecution stories are like this, especially in the third world.
Al Jazeera says in an editorial:

In August, a United Nations human rights panel reported that up to one million Uighur Muslims were forced into grounds that resemble massive internment camps in Xinjiang – the autonomous region in western China home to approximately 10 million Uighur Muslims. Gay McDougall, who sits on the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, claimed that up to two million Uighurs and other Muslim minorities were forced into “political camps for indoctrination.”
The scale of China’s internment is staggering, with at least one in every 10 Uighur Muslim living in Xinjiang “disappearing into internment camps.” The figure is even more staggering for those that have family or friends locked away for no other crime but practicing a faith – Islam – in a region where this religion is categorically associated with subversion, separatism and terrorism (Beydoun, 2018).

Was this panel in the area? No, they listened to Islamic and western sources and took it at face value, as usual. Again, the same themes appear including vague references to the Third Reich (rather than the Cultural Revolution), helpless victims, emotional rhetoric and chiding a “heartless world” for refusing to intervene. This is neither a work of journalism nor an opinion piece. There’s not a single source named for these figures or even for the existence of these “camps.”
Are the Chinese so incompetent in foreign affairs that they’d leave themselves open to these attacks? Internment camps? Why not just adopt the swastika and be done with it? Maybe just start mowing them down? This would save money. The UN is cited as if its an objective or authoritative source without an agenda. Its implied that they had a “fact finding” mission there without a stake in the fight. They did not.

As always, Johnson’s Law prevails, since about six Americans know what an “Uighur” (or Uyghur) is. Beydoun could say they’re eating babies in voodoo rituals and there would be no way to show otherwise. This is the nature of foreign policy reporting today. Most importantly, the typical journalistic “genocide” literature, remarkably similar in structure and rhetoric, never, under any circumstances, asks why this is happening. If these writers were to ask why China suddenly decided to spend a fortune to deliberately inflame millions of its own citizens and billions in the Islamic world, their narrative would get far too complicated. The line between crude propaganda and “journalism” has long been erased.

Xinjiang means “frontier” in Chinese. It is an Islamic region of western China, probably the most obscure part of the planet to westerners. There are few specialists on the topic, meaning that mythology can spread quickly and begin to sound like canonical truth without any real verification. Peking has pumped tremendous investment in education and manufacturing into it, making it a major industrial and energy hub for all of the western Chinese world, its connection with Russia and India, among other places. It is of great strategic significance regardless of almost universal ignorance on its nuances.

Something called the “Turkestan Islamic Party” (TIP) seems to be the cause of the violence. The TIP is an Islamic organization seeking the expulsion of China from “East Turkestan.” “East Turkestan” is the name for Xinjiang, because it would do so much better economically as a part of Turkestan. Other groups include Hizb ut-Tahrir al-Islami (or the “Islamic Party of Liberation”) and the East Turkestan Islamic Movement.

Since its emergence in 2007, the TIP has claimed responsibility for a number of terrorist attacks. The Chinese government puts the number at over 200, resulting in 162 deaths and over 440 injuries. Just off the top of my head, how would these people develop the country better? Didn’t China just turn a third world tyranny into a first world industrial powerhouse? Maybe this is not the society you want to separate from.

Hundreds of Uighurs from Pakistan and Afghanistan have fought in the Syrian civil war, which connects them to the west. However, the exact size of the Turkestan Islamic Party remains unknown. Chen Heying reported in the Communist Party paper Global Times that “131 cells” had been removed in a sweep of the region in 2015. The sweep was launched a day after the market bombing in the regional capital of Urumqi that killed 39 people on May 22, 2014. Another 37 were killed that August.

In 2008, this group claimed responsibility for a string of bombings in the area. In 2007, police raided a suspected TIP terrorist training camp. The following year, an attempted suicide bombing on a China Southern Airlines flight was thwarted and the Kashgar attack resulted in the death of sixteen police officers four days before the beginning of the Beijing Olympics. Keep in mind economic growth is taking off in the area thanks to China. Why would the people who stand to benefit from this start setting off bombs?
At the end of February 2012, an attack in Yecheng killed 24 and injured at least 20. In April of 2013, armed clashes in Bachu left at least 21 people dead, including 15 police. These clashes broke out because the police were investigating the existence of the TIP in a neighborhood outside Kashgar. In July in Shanshan, 27 people were killed in riots. Seventeen were killed by rioters, and the other ten were alleged assailants who were shot dead by police.

In 2014, eleven members of an similar group were killed by Kyrgyz security forces. On March 1st, a group of terrorists attacked the Kunming Railway Station, killing 31 and injuring 141 using swords. China blamed Xinjiang militants for the attack and over 380 people were arrested in the following crackdown. On April 18, a group of 16 Chinese citizens claiming to be Uighurs fired on Vietnamese border guards, killing two, and return fire killed five.

Twelve days later, two suicide bombers blew themselves up inside a Urumqi train station. Three people, including the attackers, were killed. On 22 May, a passing car threw explosives from their vehicles at an Urumqi street market, killing 43 people and wounding more than 90, making it the deadliest attack in the Xinjiang conflict. Indiscriminate killings are very suspicious, since a real guerrilla group wouldn’t use such crude tactics. They can only lead to public revulsion against the movement sponsoring it. The purpose was to just create chaos.

According to the Xinhua News Agency, on July 28, almost 40 civilians were killed by a gang armed with knives and axes in the towns of Elixku and Huangdi. The clash led to 59 of the attackers dispatched by security forces. After a small army of separatists stormed a few local police stations, the Chinese arrested 215 attackers. The agency also reported that 30 police vehicles damaged and heavy injuries were mentioned.

In short, China has been fighting a civil war in the west. It might be noted that many of these attacks occurred just as Russia and China sealed new lucrative gas deals greatly benefiting both countries. The last thing any separatist group would want is to destroy the economy they hope to inherit. None of their actions help their cause at all and almost all their actions are random killings. Its to create terror rather than promote an ideology. It probably need not be said at this point that these groups aren’t local at all, but are creations of the CIA. According to the TurkPulse Journal:

One of the main tools Washington is using in this affair in order to get Turkey involved in Xinjiang is some Turkish Americans, primarily the Fetullah Gulen team [this is a person, living in Pennsylvania no less – MRJ] who are prosecuted in absentia in Turkey for trying to found a theocratic State order in this country because he runs his activities from the United States, his protege. Another Turk used in this affair is Enver Yusuf Turani, who is the self styled Foreign and Prime Minister of the East Turkistan Government in exile. He has been an American citizen since 1998. Enver Yusuf is in close cooperation with Fetullah Gulen… Their activities for the government in exile are based on a report entitled “the Xinjiang Project” drafted by Graham Fuller of the CIA in 1998 for the Rand Corporation and revised in 2003 under the title “the Xinjiang Problem.” It emphasizes the importance of the Xinjiang Autonomous region in encircling China and provides a strategy for it (Nimmo, 2014).

The US wouldn’t care too much about this very obscure region of the world except that its rich in oil and gas, as well as several rare metals. There are 52 minerals extracted from local mines, some of them very rare. Xinjiang is an important trade, telecommunications and transportation hub and the economic center of western China. The last thing locals care about is independence. Independence into what? Their economy has been exploding.

Its targeted by the west because its the transport route for Chinese goods into India. To destabilize Xinjiang would hinder the flow of goods from Islamabad to Peking, a trading alliance that Washington finds threatening. Oil and gas flows from the Caspian through this region on the way to the east. Because it borders Tibet, its a means for the CIA to link up both operations in a large, anti-Chinese front. Its essential for the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and is a physical manifestation of this anti-globalist alliance.

As Tony Cartalucci has written, these “re-education” camps are nothing more than the results of a massive investment in vocational training for locals in order to build the economy. Why would it be anything else? It’s too strategic for any other policy. As this region develops, so has the west’s absurd stories of another “Holocaust” there. “Re-education” camps are literally vocational schools.
The “legal” group, the World Uighur Congress, is financed by the NED, of course. This is the source for the fantastic claims about China’s “concentration camps.” The media’s coordinated repetition of this, without referencing the source, suggests a policy of deception.
This isn’t anything new in terms of CIA policy. In 1999 during the end of the Yeltsin era, Graham Fuller of the CIA declared,

The policy of guiding the evolution of Islam and of helping them against our adversaries worked marvelously well in Afghanistan against the Russians. The same doctrines can still be used to destabilize what remains of Russian power, and especially to counter the Chinese influence in Central Asia (From Engdahl, 2018).

In January 2018, the Pentagon’s National Defense Strategy explicitly named China along with Russia as main strategic “threats” to continued US supremacy. This is no surprise. It states, “Inter-state strategic competition, not terrorism, is now the primary concern in US national security.” It does not cite a military threat but an economic one. It states, “China and Russia are now undermining the international order from within the system by exploiting its benefits while simultaneously undercutting its principles and ‘rules of the road.’” This is merely a reference to heavy Chinese investment in the area These lurid stories are part of an escalating trade war against China. Since no one in the press knows anything about the place, anything will be believed.

Han economic migrants and Uighur workers from southern Xinjiang have been flooding into the north since the 1980s. Southern Xinjiang is the Uighur stronghold. The Han have long dominated the north, which is rapidly industrializing, creating an economic imbalance with an ethnic foundation. Since the Chinese economic explosion of the 1970s, more Uighurs have migrated to urban Xinjiang. Without China, the region would be a fourth world state, making the TIP’s actions suspicious.
The area’s GDP has been created by the Han. Urumqi is Han dominated, and accounts for 25 percent of the area’s total GDP. The Han in Xinjiang are demographically older, better-educated, and work in higher-paying professions than their Uighur counterparts. Therefore, all the CIA needed to do is take advantage of these typical resentments that follow rapid development.

Among many other enterprises, Goldwind is a Chinese energy company headquartered there, while TBEA manufacturers power transformers and other electrical equipment. Its made the region a major manufacturing hub and is the reason for the Han migration. The Xinjiang Ba Yi Iron and Steel (Basteel) Company is a Chinese steel maker based in Urumqi. Taken together, they’re transforming the region.

Therefore, as the region slowly comes out of the third world and China creates a highly industrialized satellite region, the west is angry. They’re angry they don’t get to take over the oil and gas transport, mining and transportation firms, mostly under state control. This is the sole reason for the destructive TIP murders that seem to be creating chaos for its own sake. There are no “re-education camps,” but there is plenty of education. The attacks on civilians – almost always random and indiscriminate – have led to a crackdown by the Chinese government that is certainly warranted. The TIP seems to kill for its own sake, making them more than likely a western “ISIS” style creation.

The second area of western Islamic mobilization is in Burma, considered a de facto Chinese protectorate. This is the faddish “Rohingya crisis” in the southwestern Rakhine state. Very few of the writers on this issue have ever heard of the group before last week, but they are certain the “international community” must “do something” about the “indiscriminate slaughter and dispossession” of this community. The claim is that the Burmese government is “systematically destroying” this minority ethnic group for no reason. The same tropes are trotted out again and again. The blanks are just filled in with the new group names.

The state of Rakhine (Arkan) is of immense geopolitical importance, just like Xinjiang, which is no coincidence. Its largely self-governed, with an assembly of 47 members, 35 of which are elected locally while the rest are appointed by the army. Four major political parties exist. The largest is the Rakhine National Party, formed by the merger of two smaller parties in 2014 with the permission of the military authorities in Burma. They opposes many national policies and are a legitimate opposition party. The army is a terrible example of “totalitarianism.”

Three million people live in the state, mostly Buddhist, but a full 35 percent are Islamic. Without exception, a large Islamic minority means violence and the resulting crackdowns. There’s no exception to this. Its cut off from the rest of Burma by the formidable Arakan Mountains. It remains very poor, with rice cultivation being the main source of income, but large oil fields are said to be beneath its surface. Suddenly, western academics are interested in “human rights” there. The military government spent a small fortune to bring hydroelectric power to the area over the last decade, some partly financed by the Chinese. The oil is the reason for the current issues. In both western China and Arkan, the region is developing rapidly, bringing prosperity to a formerly fourth world neighborhood. Rising against it seems bizarre.

Going over about 20 mainstream articles on this question from Time, Newsweek and the New York Times, among many others, the researcher is treated to a redefinition of bad journalism. Not a single one – not one – gave a coherent reason as to why this group is being singled out, or why suddenly, a group no one knew existed desperately needs our help, that is, western sanctions. After all, Burma has dozens of militarized ethnic groups, yet these people have somehow captured media attention and, apparently for no reason, have been targeted for destruction. Any halfway educated journalist should immediately become suspicious. Rather, as usual, they parrot the official government and NGO line (which is identical) and then condemn “state media” for promoting a “single narrative.”

The worst was Newsweek. Sophia Persio is an airhead who has her job only because of her exotic name and flawless gender. She looks to be about 12 years old, so she can’t be there due to her merits. Her specialty seems to be gay rights issues and has no education in political science, history or economics. Her degrees are in something like “transformative journalism” and her rise in the field has been suspiciously rapid. She just heard of Burma the other day, but, since so few know anything about it, she can say anything. The title of her article is “Why Myanmar Hates the Rohingya.” She says,

The reason for this hatred, according to human rights activists, is simple: nationalism-fueled racism. “Rohingyas have been facing genocide for many years,” human rights activist and president of Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK, Tun Khin, tells Newsweek. He explains that the group is an easy target for Myanmar’s ultranationalists: “Rohingyas are a different ethnic group, they have a different appearance and religion.”

The title of the piece alone shows an immature understanding of political science. It is very clear that Persio is anything but a serious journalist. She strings along cliché after cliché that could be applied anywhere. Still, this high school level rhetoric is as close to an explanation the media has developed. Sophia tells us its because they’re “different.” Worse, she goes to an activist for the Rohingya cause, as if this would be an objective source of information. She must have skipped research methods in college. This reeks of a PR project. Never, in the history of the world, has a group been attacked for no reason. She’s covering for something, but she’s likely too dumb to know what.
The News Agency Quartz, in English, from India, has stated that the military is taking land in the area to explore for oil. The authors don’t realize that creating a nation of smallholders was official state policy for several decades and Burma is known for it. The west, however, is using this make believe crisis to kick out the Chinese investors and install their own. China is the issue here, not Burma. There’s no evidence for this anywhere.

If there’s any hope for the area, the proposed pipelines and oil extraction are it. Among numerous development projects, a pipeline constructed by the Chinese National Petroleum Company connecting Sittwe, the capital, to Kunming, China promises thousands of jobs. It began its operations in September of 2013. The Shwe natural gas field is also under development. Its future is bright. This doesn’t sit well with the Americans.

Its capital city finished construction on its first deep-water port, and the economic growth of this poverty stricken state has soared. Then, suddenly, Islamic violence comes on cue and the west immediately backs it. Chances are, they created it. Burma itself is posed to continue its Chinese-fueled rapid growth rate too. The present forecasted growth for Burma as a whole is almost 10 percent for this year, with Rakhine growing even faster. In fact, the Asian Development Bank is forecasting Burma’s growth to be the greatest in all southeast Asia. Sophia neglected to mention this. The sudden surge of Islamic violence is then very suspicious under these conditions.

Thus, according to the western press, Burma is bringing the west down on itself again by attacking a random ethnic group for no reason. Mass ignorance on this obscure area within an obscure area means airheads like Persio can say whatever they want. Johnson’s Law states that this will lead to all kinds of lying, rumors and projections from the journalistic class in the west. The Law states that it will produce Persios en masse, since they don’t actually have to know anything about the place to write on it. There’s no way to verify facts one way or another and so few in the west really know anything about it. Newsweek can say that their homes are made out of goat cheese and we’d have to believe it.

The New Light of Myanmar, one of the few English-language newspapers covering the country, pokes fun at this recent interest and the rhetoric of Persio and her ilk, this time written by the Vice President of the country himself:

If one should surf “Rohingya” on the Internet, one would find that not only just a few persons from within our country, but many others from abroad, are carrying out propaganda extensively. I doubt those people really know where the Rakhine State is, though they are loudly denouncing the persecutions of the non-existent race (Myint, 2017).

The truth of the matter is, as always, complex and unrelated to the official media story. Complexity doesn’t get CNN viewers. Good stories do. Viewers want camps, gore, drugs, military dictatorships and attractive, camera-ready women fighting against it with their protest signs in English. The press again makes fools of themselves. There is no ethnic group known as “Rohingya.” It’s never been used to define an ethos at any level. This term just refers to those who have returned to Burma from Bangladesh. Its a descriptive term only. Most of these people are temporary workers in the rice fields from neighboring countries seeking citizenship in Burma.

In fact, they are Bengali workers who migrated to the Rakhine state during rice cultivating season and returned to their country of origin after the harvest. Today, they are suddenly demanding they be allowed to stay and even taking advantage of western ignorance by claiming to be an “ethnic group.” It is highly likely that “they” are not doing anything.

The truth is that almost no one in Burma has heard of them before, let alone America. They are mostly Islamic and some of their number have formed Islamic militias, one of which calls itself the Rohingya National Front. About five years ago, the Burmese military unearthed a violent Islamic cell in the Rakhine state calling for the independence of the area by force. It was quickly dissolved and forgotten. This was the first time anyone heard of the Rohingya “ethnic group.” Its members then claimed they were a “persecuted minority” knowing the west might well take up their cause. They were correct.

The truth is that this group has never lived on Burmese soil for any length of time, let alone the “centuries” the press continues to parrot. These are illegal migrants with a political agenda made for them. Bengalis have long been accepted as part of Burmese society, so any claim of “harassment” is nonsense. Since 1969, the Burmese state has been attempting to secure this border.

Bengalis are a legitimate ethnos that have long had Burmese citizenship. They form the majority of the Bangladeshi population. The “Rohingya” are a small group of Islamic Bengalis seeking an Islamic state in a very strategic area. Many are from the flood plain of Bangladesh as well, seeing Burma as a far more prosperous place to live. Yet, it doesn’t tell the whole story.

The press claims that there is an official policy of “ethnic cleansing” by the Burmese government. It is far more likely they are fighting a serious Islamic threat, as the Chinese are, and for the same reason. The truth is that the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) has threatened so many moderate Muslims that they’ve returned over the border.
The army estimates the ARSA to be about 4000 strong, though they are going back and forth across the border to the Chittagong region quite often, making this very fluid. Estimates range from 125 to 4000 and more. The attack was a full mobilization of this group to attack 30 police outposts and a military camp simultaneously. Needless to say, the ARSA do not wear uniforms, thus the Burmese army is not subject to the Geneva Conventions in dealing with them.

Members of this soi distant group do not speak Burmese or any variant of it and stubbornly link themselves with the Islamic world rather than Burma. Burma is only five percent Islamic, and these are located mostly in Rakhine.

The leader of the ARSA, of course, is not from Burma at all. He’s Ataullah Abu Ammar Junjuni and is not from Rakhine. He was born in Karachi, Pakistan. He later lived in Saudi Arabia where he became a religious leader. He trained in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia as both a guerrilla fighter and political organizer. He seems to have no other occupation.
This newfound “ethnic group” is linked to the ARSA. Their objective was to take up arms and liberate the border areas of that district to create a Muslim enclave. This was to accommodate the overflow of illegal migrants who had been sneaking in for centuries from East Pakistan, now Bangladesh, specifically, the Chittagong territory.

Islam from Bosnia to the Philippines has shown itself to be adept at PR. Here, the ARSA seek to gain international attention for their cause and hold the access to oil and gems over the western world. Sectarian clashes are between Buddhists and Muslims, though the latter are illegals. The massive immigration from Bangladesh and the violence of these newcomers led Buddhists to fear they will soon be overwhelmed in their own country. Illegals in this province number in the millions today. The Burmese government responded by forcing Muslims in the area to prove they have been long standing residents of the country and not illegals seeking temporary employment.
Since at least the 1990s, these illegal migrants have been attacking Burmese police positions in an effort to create a separate state. In 2017, another coordinated attack on security forces led to over 80 deaths. At least 200 insurgents attacked 24 police stations overnight on August 25. The army noted that the ARSA started its own campaign to murder moderate Muslims as “informants” at the same time. From here, the Burmese military engaged in clearance operations to finally remove the illegals from the province.
This level of coordination was impressive. It cannot happen without foreign support and a huge amount of money. The military’s role over the last five years at least has been to separate the Buddhist natives and Islamic migrants in the region. Among the majority Buddhist population, Islamic immigration is a curse. Most Muslims live in cities and speak Burmese. These Bengalis are another group entirely. Fully accepting the above analysis, the government of Bangladesh offered its services against the ARSA. They also accused Pakistan of arming the insurgents.

The system is very interested in how these battles turn out. Its been on the cover of Newsweek with the title, “Buddhist Rage.” It was on the cover of Time with the headline, “Praying for Burma.” Another Time cover has a severe looking monk with the title, “The Face of Buddhist Terror” back in 2013. The article is by Hannah Beech, another very young woman whose rise in journalism has been bizarrely fast. While covering Asian affairs, she has no education in the area. She’s received many prestigious awards for covering affairs in Burma, though these articles in question don’t deviate in the least from the other mainstream articles on the same subject. Her writing on “Buddhist terror” is as cliche-ridden as Sophia’s above.

She virtue signals, referring to “hate speech,” as if this applies to a war torn region in Asia. She makes sweeping (and incorrect) generalizations about South Vietnam, the Burmese military government and the southern part of the country all in one paragraph. Any of my students would get a C- for this sort of writing. She has no command of the history of the area, no education in the political tradition and, just like Sophia above, does nothing but repeat official slogans.

While rare until very recently, the term “Rohingya” goes back as far as the late 1950s to describe Bengalis who illegally migrated to Burma. The term, in other words, was an offensive one, used by local Muslims in Burma – those loyal to Rangoon – against these western-backed troublemakers. Calling these people an “ethnic group” would be similar to a Hispanic gang taking power in New Mexico and calling themselves “The Nation of Wetbacks” and the “Wetbaki people.”

The ethnic groups located in the Rakhine state are the Rakhine themselves, the Kamein, the Kwemyi, the Daingnet, the Maramargyi, the Mro and the Thet, all of whom are loyal to the Burmese state. This “ethnic group” is just another proxy army for the west. The invention of this fake ethnic group is fully consistent with the western world’s assault on Burma over the last decade at least.

Just as in China, the legal arm of the “ethnic” movement in Burma is the primary source of information. Reuters, acting as the PR center for this movement, put out a lengthy Special Report on the question, Tip of the Spear by Simon Lewis, Zeba Siddiqui, Clare Baldwin and Andrew R.C. Marshall. It purports to use the personal writings of a Burmese Lieutenant to establish criminal culpability. As always, it hits all the propaganda tropes: poor suffering Muslims, attacks for no reason, gang rapes and lots of unverifiable quotes from the area. The Burmese Army is the strongest in the region and its internal discipline is famous. Lawlessness hasn’t been an issue and likely will not be. New Light says in its report:

The Commission’s recommendations reflect the on-ground situation in Rakhine State, and some of these recommendations are generally similar to those of the Advisory Commission on the Rakhine State led by the late Dr. Kofi Annan. The ARSA terrorist group launched attacks on 25 August 2018 as predicted in the assessment submitted by the Investigation Commission on 4 August 2017 that there would be possible terrorist attacks.
It is found out that most of the reports on the rape cases in Rakhine State were just compilations based on the narrative of the so-called victims and hearsay. In contrast, the recommendations of the Investigation Commission led by Vice President U Myint Swe were based not only on the narratives but also on the findings of the Commission from its investigations carried out during its field trips to the villages where the reported incidents were occurred.
In connection with the terrorist attacks and conflicts, it was found out that the Commission investigated not just only a single community but also other communities and ethnics groups in Maungdaw and its surrounding areas. It is obvious that the Commission exerted its efforts by reflecting fair and square statements of the affected communities (Maung, 2018).

Bangladesh, the purported home for most of these people, does not condemn Burma for its actions. India considers these illegals a security threat. As for the alleged “mass graves,” boilerplate for all stories of this kind, a few have been uncovered with bodies so badly burned they are unrecognizable. All “massacres” derive from attacks from terror groups and locals repulsed by Burmese police and military and no identifications are forthcoming. It’s a war zone.

Containing China is a huge aspect of this invented tragedy. Enormous natural gas deposits valued at several billion dollars have been found in the Bay of Bengal off the coast of the Rakhine state, where predominantly Chinese companies are mining in partnership with the state-owned Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise. These state-owned enterprises are at the heart of the endless claims of “authoritarianism” or a lack of “transparency” in these economies. It’s a simple matter of not being able to take over these multi-trillion dollar areas.

This is a massive project that the state certainly has no desire to thwart. Several writers outside the mainstream have remarked the almost 1:1 correspondence of this “ethnic” violence and Chinese economic projects. Airheads like Persios and Beech don’t have the understanding sufficient to even make these elementary connections. They are little more than transmission belts for official private or public sector ideology on these issues. They essentially run cover for private capital seeking to harm the state in order to be able to take over these enterprises.

The bottom like is that whenever economic growth under Chinese sponsorship becomes impressive, these groups will strike. It is a simple connection that even novice students should be able to make. There are a few real journalists, none of whom have the six figure salaries of the women above, but retain their dignity. One is William Engdahl, who I cite often in these papers. He writes:

In early April this year [2017], a 770 kilometer oil pipeline began to flow oil as Myanmar opened a new deep water port at Kyaukphyu on the Indian Ocean. The project, officially begun in 2007 well before the strategic concept of a New Economic Silk Road was mature, is a vital part of China’s OBOR strategy. It consists of a $2.45 billion port and pipeline project that will carry crude oil from the Middle East to China’s Kunming, the city near the border to Laos that is rapidly becoming a transportation cross roads in the Eurasian OBOR. . .
In geopolitical terms, the Myanmar-China port and pipeline will allow China to import oil from Persian Gulf producers as well as African, without having to take a far longer and militarily more risky route through the narrow Malacca Straits (Engdahl, 2018).

Describing the situation in western China and that of southern Burma are almost identical in geostrategic terms. So apart from oil, drugs and gems, Chinese geopolitics is another piece of the puzzle, possibly the largest one. Kyaukphyu is just a bit south of the capital of Rakhine. Fomenting violence there is certainly in the interest of western oil firms, who the former Secretary of State Tillerson represents.

Last year, propagandists at Al-Jazeera ran pictures of a Nigerian flood and claimed it was the Rakhine state after Burmese “ethnic cleansing.” Johnson’s Law makes the running of fake pictures very probable, whether it be deliberate fabrication or simple ignorance. In December of 2016, the Daily Mail ran pictures of a child allegedly being tortured by the army in the district. In fact, it was a child who was abducted by criminals in Cambodia. The Mail has taken the story down, but has not admitted how easily it was fooled.

Needless to say, George Soros’ Voice of America has given its voice for this newly discovered ethnic group. From the moment she was installed as Burmese chief executive, Aung San Suu Kyi, a puppet of the CIA, has found herself in far over her head. Since she is married to a non-Burmese, she could not legally take this position, so the CIA invented a new office for her, “State Counselor.” Formerly critical of the military, she now desperately needs its help and expertise. She has turned out to be a very poor student of the west, today realizing what her former sponsors really are. There are rumors that the Nobel Committee will strip her of her prize. Last month, the US Holocaust Museum stripped her of the Elie Wiesel Prize for Human Rights.

The National Endowment for Democracy, a US government institution, stated:

In less than two months, more than half a million Rohingya have fled to neighboring Bangladesh to escape the destruction of entire settlements, systematic rape, and the mass slaughter of men, women, and children. This horrendous violence is perpetrated by the military, with assistance from elements of the local Rakhine Buddhist population (Bhatia, 2016).

This is the rhetoric typical of propaganda. “Systematic” is a common rhetorical trope used to give the sense that its part of a bureaucratic culture of violent indifference. Its a serious charge that’s without evidence, an the author is likely unaware that the term carries such a pejorative notion, so common is its usage. No one has asked why the government is fomenting instability in a region its spending a fortune to build up. Why have this sort of instability in the face of Chinese investment? There are no “mass rapes.” This is the over the top rhetoric necessitated and permitted by widespread ignorance.

The natural resources of the country have been given over to Burma’s allies, not the US or UK. The main investors in gas, oil and minerals were China (including Hong Kong) and Thailand, followed by South Korea, Singapore, and others (the common trait seems to be not being Exxon or BP). While the vast majority of people in the national workforce are subsistence farmers, the gas industry and the precious/semi-precious stone-mining industries have provided the largest incomes, with gas earning of $3.6 billion for 2011–2012 and precious stones earning of approximately $3.4 billion in 2010.

Bertil Lintner of the Far Eastern Review has been studying the Burmese military for 20 years. His work Land of Jade: A Journey from India through Northern Burma to China supports the views here. He rejects the absurd media narrative. He says,

Of course, the humanitarian aspect is very important here. People have been subjected to enormous brutality by the Myanmar Army. But it does not really stop there. Following the military crackdown, a spokesperson for the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army actually said in an interview that the attacks were aimed to invoke a response.
What do they gain form it? One, international attention. Two, more money from funders in West Asia, mainly Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. And three, they can expect many more angry young men to join them. Maybe they got a little more than they had bargained for.
They may not have anticipated such a vicious response from the Army, but they have achieved all those three aims, I would say. And, of course, the people who are suffering are these ordinary people – poor Muslim peasants from the north-western corner of Rakhine state. And they have now become pawns in a much larger game (Lintner, 2018)

He mocks the head of the main military group, saying “he cannot pronounce a single local place name correctly.” Tony Cartalucci and William Engdahl are the only other writers on this topic that have any remote competence. Rex Tillerson, as Cartalucci tells us, spoke on this topic recently, very concerned for the oil resources all over Burma. Just discovering the existence of this “ethnic group” the other say, he states that

We’re extraordinarily concerned by what’s happening with the Rohingya in Burma. I’ve been in contact with Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of the civilian side of the government. As you know, this is a power-sharing government that has – that has emerged in Burma. We really hold the military leadership accountable for what’s happening with the Rakhine area (Cartalucci, 2017).

Since Aung is a creature of the CIA and American capital – that is, of Tillerson’s ilk – there is no way she can be held accountable, at least for now. Aung is drifting away from her bosses, and, at the moment, is being held blameless for the violence. This will soon change. She’s realizing that her power base is slim. Without the experience of the military, she’s nothing. This is certainly a crisis created by the CIA, but Aung is having no part of it. In fact, she might defect altogether and would have Chinese protection in doing so.

In brief, international politics is not a hobby for the bored and over-indulged. Its a highly specialized field that can never be reduced to slogans, one liners and labels. Writers on this topic, today in the thousands, haven’t heard of the Rakhine state before the other day. Their sudden venom suggests a PR campaign or instructions from elsewhere. Hundreds of articles written by random journalists repeat the same lines over and over, using the very same verbiage. They never explain why this is being done. They have no idea of the economics or the geopolitics of the region. The very fact that they refer to the Rohingya as an ethnic group show their stupidity.

These two stories are treated together in this long essay because they’re extremely similar. This is not an accident. Both areas show boilerplate PR “genocide” propaganda taking advantage of public ignorance. Both deal with an area on the cusp of a massive economic development spurt that’s revolutionary for the area and has the potential of making many people wealthy. The west has been excluded from all of this and this is the main drive for the attacks on these countries and the sudden “concern” with these groups.

The “genocide” literary rhetoric has yet to penetrate the western journalist. It’s all the same. All of these “killings” done for no reason. The countries involve seem to want to destabilize regions that promise massive economic growth in the very near future. The soldiers involved in the terror opposition have come from Afghanistan and Syria, showing a connection with the west. All deal with the flow of oil and gas to China and all have a Russian connection. Ultimately, all involve controlling China’s growth

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Matthew Raphael Johnson

Matthew Raphael Johnson is a scholar of Russian Orthodox history and philosophy. He completed his doctorate at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in 1999. He is a former professor of both history and political science at the University of Nebraska (as a graduate student), Penn State University and Mount St. Mary’s University. Since 1999, he was the editor (and is presently Senior Researcher) at The Barnes Review, a well-known renegade journal of European history. Dr. Johnson is the author of eight books. Six are from Hromada Books, "Sobornosti: Essays on the Old Faith;" "Heavenly Serbia and the Medieval Idea;" "Orthodoxy, Autocracy, Nationality: Lectures on Medieval Russia;" "The Ancient Orthodox Tradition in Russian Literature: "The Foreign Policy of Mass Society: The Failure of Western Engagement in the Middle East;" and "Officially Approved Dissent: Alasdair MacIntyre’s Strategic Ambiguity in His Critique of Modernity." And two published by The Barnes Review, "The Third Rome: Holy Russia, Tsarism and Orthodoxy;" and "Russian Populist: The Political Thought of Vladimir Putin."

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