In Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi Does Not Deserve the Media’s Malediction


The Rohingya rose up against the Burmese state, and in the 1990s the "Rohingya Solidarity Organisation" attacked Burmese authorities near the border with Bangladesh. In other words, this insurgency by the Muslim Rohingya has been going on - waxing and waning - for more than half a century. It is in that context that Buddhist fears of a Muslim takeover of northern Myanmar should be viewed, and taken seriously. The latest news, about the Rohingya massacre of Hindu villagers in August 2017, ought to give global scolds pause. Is it possible that the Rohingya are not quite as angelically innocent as they have been depicted? And at this point, would a withdrawal of the media's malediction of Aung San Suu Kyi be too much to ask?