United States is finally woken up to the reality of Myanmar horror on the Rohingya community by taking some concrete steps to put pressure on the country’s powerful military. A more active role is taken by US in the region with a number American delegates visiting Myanmar to meet Aung San Suu Kyi and even more significant army chief, General Min Aung Hlaing.
Caution is maintained by United States so that the blame does not fall on Suu Kyi and she does not become a subject of contempt by the armed forces. Secretary of State, Tillerson has started to act tough with Myanmar military leaders who are accused by the American establishment as responsible for displacement of 600,000 Rohingyas to the neighboring Bangladesh. This exodus is the largest in the world today and has been described by United Nation as “ethnic cleansing”.
“The world can’t just stand by and be witness to the atrocities that are being reported in that area,” Tillerson said last month.
It is being known that President Trump’s posture towards the Muslims is not a pleasant one. However, United States is a superpower and not a menial country like North Korea. Where blatant human rights abuse, torture and mass killing is going, sooner or later US is bound to react because it faces pressure to do so from its allies, world humanitarian bodies like UNO and its affiliated organizations and also from its own people. United States is not even like China which is a sitting duck to such enormous atrocities going on right in its backyard. Further, the animosity and misunderstandings that Americans had with the Arab world, especially Saudi Arabia in the period of post 9/11 has been reproached to a large extent following the visit of Donald Trump to the Middle East. These factors plus the realization that taking enmity with the entire Muslim world will not be profitable for United States and that is something which unsustainable in the long run have resulted in somewhat mellower stance of Mr. Trump towards the Muslim causes.
In Myanmar, what United States should do is to pressurize the military to allow the return of the Rohingyas from the refugee camps in Bangladesh and reinstate them in their homeland. If US can do that, it will revoke the tainted image of Trump and put him in good stead to be truly global leader. This is good opportunity of Trump to prove his ability as a credible world leader.