Rohingya crisis requires ‘Real’ leadership

The crackdown, slaughter, rape and extermination of Burma’s Muslims, Rohingyas, unrelentingly continues as the world powers remain silent at mass genocide unfolding in front of their eyes.

Whilst Muslims across the globe have risen to protest, collect charity and actively deploy aid to Rohingya refugees on the borders on Bangladesh, the rulers in the Muslim world have largely been mute. Even words of condemnation have been minimal with the exception of Turkey’s Erdogan who managed to muster up a few words, whom many would argue may have been for domestic Political consumption; maintaining Erodgan’s image as a voice for Muslims.

“There is a genocide there; Those who close their eyes to this genocide perpetuated under the cover of democracy are its collaborators.” Said Turkeys Prime Minister, Tayyip Erdogan

Powerful words, yet it is Erdogan’s government  who is still attempting to boost trade with Myanmar. Not only are they willing to overlook the ethnic cleansing, but further invest in a despotic regime that butchers Muslims simply for being Muslim. The Foreign Minister of Turkey, Mevlut Çavuşoğlu, confirmed this back in June 2016.

“Economic relations between Turkey and Myanmar are well below their potential. Turkey is at present the 17th largest economy in the world.  Turkish foreign trade in past years has been around 350-400 billion USD.  However, bilateral trade between Turkey and Myanmar was only around 40 million USD last year.”

Bangladesh, despite taking in Rohingya refugees in the past has halted entry for more than 20,000 stuck on the border after fleeing persecution and violence at the hands of the Burmese Army and Buddhist militia.

Pakistan on the other hand, despite sharing similar historical experiences of emigration from persecution, one would at least expect for the Government to be able to empathise with the plight of Rohingya Muslims. Instead they are in the midst of strengthening the very same military responsible for the slaughtering of men, women and children, by selling Fighter jet aircraft to Myanmar (Burma).

The Arab rulers could least care, with Saudi more interested in disowning Qatar, bombing Yemen and strengthening ties with the occupying state of Israel.

The Rohingya crisis requires real leadership. What we have seen is meek responses, Muslim rulers acting only to secure their own interests and a forfeiting of  Islam’s prescriptions on brotherhood. A real Islamic leadership, a state based on Islam, a state that acts on the interests of this Ummah would immediately do the following

  1. Expel the Myanmar diplomatic mission from their countries and close down their embassies.
  2. Withdraw their own states ambassadors from Myanmar.
  3. Cut economic ties and trade with Myanmar with immediate effect.
  4. Lead a global Political campaign with ‘Countries of conscience’ to isolate Myanmar internationally
  5. Call for a mass recruitment drive in the Bangladeshi and Pakistani army, specifically, to bolster numbers.
  6. Deploy army regiments on the borders of Burma to flex Military muscle and respond back where necessary
  7. Establish a joint-army initiative to rescue those fleeing, through tactical operations and to minimise the campaign of extermination led by the Burmese army and militia.
  8. Launch surgical strikes using drone technology to hit military installations to reduce the effectiveness of the Burmese Army.
  9. Open up the borders of Bangladesh and Pakistan to take in refugees on mass, demonstrating the sunnah of the Beloved Prophet when the Muhajireen from Mecca were embraced by the Ansar from Medina, cementing the ties of Ikhwa (brotherhood) and one Ummah.

A leadership based on Islam is the need of the time and not useless, cartoonic states that find excuses to not to act to the cries of those who are in need. The ummah must ask for these rulers to step aside and allow those sincere politicians of this Ummah to rebuild a new vision and a way forward for the Muslim world.

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