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    The Death Of The Individual Is A Tragedy

    The Deaths of
    Thousands Are A Statistic ~ Joseph Stalin

    (part of The
    Darkness Visible series and Screamers series)


    Alders Ledge:
    April 24, 2013

    Almost a year ago
    the pogroms of the Rohingya in the Arakan began in earnest. After months of
    Nazi style propaganda being pumped into the region the murmur of hatred erupted
    into violence. We were told that the “ethnic violence” went both
    ways. We were told that the Rohingya started the ethnic clashes and therefore
    could not be considered the victims. This all came from countries that had just
    previously lifted their sanctions upon Myanmar and were suddenly interested in
    doing business with the second most reclusive country on the planet. Of course,
    with Burma opening up the country did jump up in the Rankings leaving North
    Korea alone once again.
    Yet with all the
    talk about how horrible (code in the West for inconvenient) the slaughtering of
    Rohingya men, women, and children; the supposedly civilized world did nothing
    to stop the bloodshed. European leaders welcomed Suu Kyi and Thein Sein to
    endless events and even awarded the two architects of death with the Nobel
    Peace Prize. When Thein Sein’s military establishes concentration camps and
    converts Rohingya neighborhoods into ghettos… automatically nominated for a
    Peace Prize. When Suu Kyi tells the West that the Rohingya “question”
    can only be answered by Burma and that her country will decided who gets
    citizenship or not… pat on the back and oh yeah, Peace Prize.
    Then there is
    Obama. The great supporter of democracy. The anointed leader of a failed agenda
    to get the world to love America once again. And yet all he can afford the
    Rohingya is a short speech and some hollow promises about America’s support for
    equality and justice. But to be fair, this was another Nobel Peace Prize winner
    who did nothing to earn it. So it only makes sense that Obama, like Suu Kyi,
    shouldn’t have to denounce the murderers and admit that Myanmar is committing
    genocide.
    On April 22nd, 2013
    Human Rights Watch once again released a report in which they spell out just
    how the government of Myanmar is committing “crimes against humanity”
    and “ethnic cleansing”. Once again the human rights organization spells
    out the long list of sins the leaders of Burma have committed and just where
    and when these crimes were committed. The report is aptly named “All You
    Can Do Is Pray” (link:
    http://www.hrw.org/reports/2013/04/22/all-you-can-do-pray-0 )

    Time and time again
    Alder’s Ledge has recorded events from the Arakan without much help from our
    usual supporters. We have reported on the attempts by the Burmese government to
    force Rohingya out of Burma by driving them into the sea or over the border and
    into Bangladesh. This was then followed by reports of Burmese officials helping
    Buddhists “Burmese” to immigrate from Bangladesh and take over the
    suddenly unoccupied Rohingya neighborhoods and villages. Yet with the striking
    similarities to past and other present cases of ethnic cleansing the world
    remains silent.
    For the past year
    Alder’s Ledge has made it a top priority to highlight the plight of the
    Rohingya people. Now we are asking our old followers and our new ones to join
    with us and help spread the news about the Rohingya genocide. This is a simple
    act that helps break the silence surrounding the genocide and raises awareness
    of it. We here at Alder’s Ledge call it “screaming”.
    All you have to do
    to take part is to share these articles here and the reports we share such as
    this one by Human Rights Watch. By posting the links on your Facebook, Twitter,
    Pinterest, or even Instagram you allow these articles a wider audience than
    they would otherwise receive. Reports like this one from Human Rights Watch are
    only usually given blips in news reports and short articles by media around the
    web. Your sharing them allows this important topic to be seen by people who
    might never hear about it otherwise.
    Help Alder’s Ledge
    bring some form of recognition to the plight of Rohingya people. Let us not
    fall into the mindset illustrated by Joseph Stalin. May we never believe for
    even a moment that the death of one person is somehow more of a tragedy than
    the deaths of thousand of innocent people.