Pro­tect­ing Ro­hingyas

Arab News - - OPINION -

The Mus­lim world should raise its voice against the atroc­i­ties com­mit­ted against poor Muslims liv­ing in Myan­mar. The in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity should be ashamed of it­self for not do­ing any­thing for the le­git­i­mate rights of the Ro­hingya Muslims.

What is the main pur­pose of the United Na­tions? The UN has mis­er­ably failed in per­form­ing its du­ties. It has be­come hostage to the whims and wishes of a cho­sen few. The UN has turned into an­other League of Na­tions. We all know the fate of the UN’s pre­de­ces­sor. Mere con­dem­na­tion will not help re­solve the is­sues fac­ing the Muslims in Myan­mar. The United Na­tions and world pow­ers are quick in im­pos­ing sanc­tions on in­di­vid­u­als and coun­tries when their in­ter­ests are threat­ened. Why have no sanc­tions so far been im­posed on the Myan­mar govern­ment to pres­sure it to move to pro­tect the coun­try’s Mus­lim pop­u­la­tion? If any so-called Mus­lim group com­mits any crime against hu­man­ity, which is equally con­demnable, the world me­dia spare no time in brand­ing all Muslims fa­nat­ics. This hypocrisy will only cre­ate fur­ther chaos in the world. It is mainly due to this ap­proach to­ward Muslims that fa­natic or­ga­ni­za­tions like Al-Qaeda and Daesh eas­ily find recruits for their di­a­bol­i­cal de­signs. Such an ap­proach is in fact mak­ing the work easy for ex­trem­ist or­ga­ni­za­tions.

Shariq Ahmed

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