To begin with, I am against against the ill-treatment of fellow human beings, be it Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Tibet or anywhere around the world.
This is a security perspective on the recent hype of solidarity movement for the Rohingyan issue, as we need to be wary of how organized crimes and terrorist organizations manipulate the media and gain sympathizers.
In contemporary security, this is called the Robin Hood strategy.
The Rohingya issue of late is just one example, as terrorists and criminal organizations around the world capitalize on — human ignorance.
We’ve seen how sympathizers of ISIS and al-Qaeda have gained their support from ignorant, gullible believers on their cause.
And many will continue to do so.
The same pattern is still being used by terrorist organizations in Bangladesh and Myanmar to support the Rohingya cause such as the Rohingya Solidarity Organization (RSO) and its tentacles of various NGOs affiliated with it.
The RSO came into existence around 1980 to help Rohinhyans achieve citizenship and procure their rights as Burmese (Myanmar) citizens which became the main and most militant faction among the Rohingyas in Bangladesh and on the border.
Given its more rigid religious stand, the RSO soon secured the support of like-minded groups in the Muslim world. These included the Jamaat-e-Islami in Bangladesh and Pakistan, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar’s Hizb-e-Islami in Afghanistan, Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM) in Jammu and Kashmir, and Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia (ABIM).
Aside from the RSO, the following is a list of other organizations associated with the Rohingyans and are considered high-risk:-
– Arakan Mujahid Party
– Arakan People’s Army
– Arakan Rohingya Force
– Arakan Rohingya National Organisation (ARNO)
– Islamic Solidarity Front
– Liberation Myanmar Force
– National United Party of Arakan (NUPA)
– Rohingya Independents Force
– Rohingya Independence Army
– Rohingya Islamic Front
– Rohingya Patriotic Front
– United Students Association of Arakan Movement (USM)
Arakan Rohingya Nationalist Organization (ARNO) and Rohingya Solidarity Organisation (RSO) were among the groups who were trained in Afghanistan camps and were and are active in Myanmar and Bangladesh.
Foiled terror attacks – such as the 2013 plot on the Myanmar Embassy in Indonesia – have been carried out by groups sympathetic to the Rohingya.
Indian and Bangladeshi media have suggested that Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) — which was responsible for the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks — has been trying to recruit Rohingya refugees.
In 2013, the Bangladesh Enterprise Institute noted that a handful of Rohingya refugees were believed to have joined conservative Muslim organizations, and that the RSO had formed a partnership with Harkat-ul Jihad-e-Islami Bangladesh (HuJI-B), a Pakistani-linked terrorist group banned in Bangladesh since 2005 and and Jamaat-ul-Mujaihdeen Bangladesh (JMB) — have had a strong relation with the Afghanistan based Islamic terrorist networks.
In 2014, the head of al-Qaeda, Al-Zawahiri, called upon Muslims in Myanmar to rise up against the Myanmar government.
Other reports suggest that Jaish-e-Mohammed, a Kashmiri separatist group, has also tried to recruit Rohingya.
For international terrorist organizations in the Middle East, Central Asia, and Southeast Asia, the plight of the Rohingya and their repression are also an important catalyst for legitimizing their own goals of wanting to export their versions of Islam to Myanmar and the wider region.
Abu Bakar Bashir, the Indonesian head of Jamaah Ansharut Tauhid, an offshoot of Jemmaah Islamiyah, which has declared baiyat or allegiance to ISIS has also issued threats of attacks on the Myanmar Defense Services (MDS) and Burmese Buddhists.
This has even gone as far as the Somali terror group Al Shabaab, which issued a statement in May calling for Myanmar’s Muslims to be saved from the “savage Buddhists” — People need to be specific that these ‘Buddhists’ are followers of Ashin Wirathu and Myanmar 969 organization, which is POLITICAL in nature, which uses the religious institutions to manipulate the Rohingya and anti-Muslim sentiment.
These established Islamist groups, who promote their own version of global jihad, are also using the plight of the Rohingya to serve their own interests.
The internal affairs in Myanmar was never smooth all along as they have never been a very united lot. Read up on their territorial disputes, tribal wars, etc.
We need to understand the fact that Rohingyas are actually Bangladeshis who illegally entered Myanmar to escape poverty in their own country.
Despite all that, the Myanmar government still gave citizenship and equal rights to thousands of Rohingyas who abided by the country’s administrative system.
They built hundreds of mosques and thousands of houses in the Rakhine State, while their population increases every year due to illegal immigration.
Even though the government gave citizenship and equal rights to many immigrant Rohingyas, their desires cannot be fulfilled as they want to make the Rakhine state as their own by claiming that they are natives.
Why are we getting into Myanmar politics when we ourselves aren’t even better than them?