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Excerpt: "Sadly, we are seeing now this same lack of effective diplomacy in Myanmar, formerly Burma, where since last summer 680,000 Rohingya Muslims have been forced to flee a systematic military campaign of killings, arson, rape and other mass atrocities amounting to ethnic cleansing."

Hamida, 22, (center), and her son Mohammed, aged one, wait to receive food aid along with hundreds of other Rohingya refugees at Kutupalong Refugee Camp, in Bangladesh. (photo: Andrew McConnell/UNHCR)
Hamida, 22, (center), and her son Mohammed, aged one, wait to receive food aid along with hundreds of other Rohingya refugees at Kutupalong Refugee Camp, in Bangladesh. (photo: Andrew McConnell/UNHCR)


America Should Lead in Saving the Rohingya

By John McCain and Angelina Jolie, The New York Times

09 March 18

 

round the world, there is profound concern that America is giving up the mantle of global leadership. Our steady retreat over the past decade has contributed to a wide array of complex global challenges — a dangerous erosion of the rule of law, gross human rights violations and the decline of the rules-based international order that was designed in the aftermath of two world wars to prevent conflict and deter mass atrocities.

We’ve seen this unfold in Syria, where the United States and the international community have shamefully failed to address brutal violence that has engulfed the country for seven years, led to hundreds of thousands dead and contributed to the worst refugee crisis since the end of World War II.

And sadly, we are seeing now this same lack of effective diplomacy in Myanmar, formerly Burma, where since last summer 680,000 Rohingya Muslims have been forced to flee a systematic military campaign of killings, arson, rape and other mass atrocities amounting to ethnic cleansing.


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+6 # Art947 2018-03-09 14:29
Is this another one of McCain's bluster signifying nothing? Where is he on health care for Americans? The bastard has helped to destroy health care and the social safety net in this country. Yes, I feel for the Rohingya and all oppressed peoples, however, I will never accept anything that John McCain ever utters as a truthful or moral statement!
 
 
+5 # dquandle 2018-03-09 17:50
Just as he gleefully helped destroy much of South-East Asia way back when, napalming villages up down and sideways. All of a sudden he is overcome with humanistic feelings? Not to mention he gleeful support of Israel bulldozing Palestinian homes just as the execrable regime in Burma bulldozed and bombed Rohingya ones. But of course he can pick and choose the targets and methods of his "humanitarianis m", some of which is no doubt achieved with napalm.... Why is Jolie having anything to do with this execrable, earch-hypocrite , war-mongering, war criminal?
 
 
+10 # PABLO DIABLO 2018-03-09 14:38
A bit hypocritical for Sen. John McCain who votes to bomb every country the MilitaryIndustr ial Complex want to steal resources from.
 
 
+13 # Misterioso 2018-03-09 15:04
1. of 2.
The horrors the Rohingya are now experiencing are almost identical to those that befell the defenseless Palestinians when according to Walter Eytan, then Director General of the Israeli Foreign Ministry, over 800,000 were dispossessed and expelled between late 1947 and the autumn of 1948 by Jewish militia and the IDF through force of arms, several massacres, mass rape and intimidation.** About 500 Palestinian towns and villages were destroyed by Jewish forces. The same tactics were used by Israel before/during its first invasion/occupa tion of Egypt in 1956 (in collusion with Britain and France) when about 25,000 more Palestinians were expelled and during/after Israel launched the June 1967 war when an additional total of about 250,000 Palestinians were driven out.
 
 
+2 # Misterioso 2018-03-09 15:36
2 of 2.

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In 2004, when asked by Ha'aretz journalist, Ari Shavit, what new information his just completed revised version of The Birth of the Palestinian Problem 1947-1949 would provide, Israeli historian Benny Morris replied: "It is based on many documents that were not available to me when I wrote the original book, most of them from the Israel Defense Forces Archives. What the new material shows is that there were far more Israeli acts of massacre than I had previously thought. To my surprise, there were also many cases of rape. In the months of April-May 1948, units of the Haganah were given operational orders that stated explicitly that they were to uproot the villagers, expel them and destroy the villages themselves." (Ha'aretz, January 9, 2004)
 
 
+1 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-03-12 13:27
And since this original holocaust, the US has given the Israeli state about $250 billion dollars as its reward. Most of this is military aid, so that the genocide of Palestinians can go on.
 
 
0 # Misterioso 2018-03-13 20:23
And Israel is now a major source of weapons used by the government of Myanmar to dispossess and expel the defenseless Rohingya Muslims.
 
 
+3 # tedrey 2018-03-09 15:40
Why did Senator McCain single out this particular atrocious situation to illuminate? Is it because it is one of the few in our generation for which his own country and congress bear little responsibility? How pleasant for him to be able to find one.
 
 
0 # Misterioso 2018-03-09 17:58
2 of 2

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In 2004, when asked by Ha'aretz journalist, Ari Shavit, what new information his just completed revised version of The Birth of the Palestinian Problem 1947-1949 would provide, Israeli historian Benny Morris replied: "It is based on many documents that were not available to me when I wrote the original book, most of them from the Israel Defense Forces Archives. What the new material shows is that there were far more Israeli acts of massacre than I had previously thought. To my surprise, there were also many cases of rape. In the months of April-May 1948, units of the Haganah were given operational orders that stated explicitly that they were to uproot the villagers, expel them and destroy the villages themselves." (Ha'aretz, January 9, 2004)
 
 
+4 # Texas Aggie 2018-03-09 18:19
"First, we must demand an end to impunity in Myanmar and hold the perpetrators of these most recent atrocities accountable."

That wouldn't leave much of a government in Myanmar since almost everyone in government, which is about half military, is complicit in the genocide. The whole military leadership would be in The Hague and the civilian part of the government would also be facing charges or at least facing opprobrium and more time with their families.

The only way that there will ever be a peaceful solution to this is for Myanmar to cede control of Rakhine state to Bangladesh. Bangladesh at least has a long record of living in peace with different religions among its people.
 
 
0 # ricardo 2018-03-09 18:45
You mean John McCain - the booted one who is in master criminal George Soro's pocket? J.M. the Pusher of the fake Dossier against a sitting president, violating title 18 U.S. Code 2385 advocating the overthrow of the US Government? And the J.M. involvement in the overthrow of the Ukraine's lawful President? And the J.M. who fraternized with U.S. created ISIS? My question to you is why in the 'Wide World of Sports' are publishing this insane piece of excrement?
 
 
+4 # pushingforpeace 2018-03-09 19:32
There must be no "national interests" in the land of the Rohingya or we'd be there fighting for their "freedom."
 
 
0 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-03-12 11:39
McCain and Angelina Jolie are all for another "humanitarian intervention" which amounts to bombing and killing people in order to save them. This is the "Responsiblity to Protect" (R2P) that bomber Samantha Power preached at the UN when Obama was in the white house. Obama did this in Libya and Syria. Now more than 2 million are dead and 10 million are refugees.

What kind of leadership are these two killer talking about. The US has armed the military in Burma for decades. US oil and gas companies have special protection from this military.

The NYTimes has never seen a holocaust it did not support. It will print anything to get a war started.

McCain and Jolie make me sick.
 

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