Solving Rakhine issue means not falling for extremists’ trap

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  • Khin Maung Oo
  • The terrorist group known as Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army-ARSA is unveiling its real image and committing atrocious deeds in various ways, having laid siege to small villages where local ethnic minorities reside, with firearms, swords and other kinds of weapons. These terrorists committed various crimes—killing innocent people, burning houses, shops and monasteries, planting mines and attacking border guard police outposts, security forces and police outposts. In launching their attacks, the terrorists have been found to have carried out well-planned strategies—choosing dates to commence attacks, using guerrilla tactics to fight and skillfully using digital media channels including social media such as Facebook and Youtube. It can be easily seen that they have already gained the attention of international media which would ultimately help them in their efforts to secure more funding and for recruitment of new followers who believe in their cause.
    ARSA extremist terrorists attack local ethnic people in northern Rakhine State started in the years 1942-1943 during the period of the Second World War. In 1948, just after gaining Independence Mujahids staged an armed rebellion, during which many villages and many acres of farming lands fell into the hands of those terrorists. Henceforth, those terrorist attackers staged armed attacks in times of emergency or Government changes occurred in the country, seizing opportunities for their own selfish ends. Under the support of an Arabian-named organization, “Harakah al-Yagin,” based in a country of power in the Middle East, the ARSA terrorist group launched terrorist armed attacks in northern Rakhine State, aiming at attracting international attention on northern Rakhine State, thus resulting in more international pressure on the Myanmar Government and the Tatmadaw. Their aim was also to exert influence over the area, stationing their military forces in the area and get rid of local ethnic minorities from that region.
    The terrorists used men and children armed with weapons as human shields, making them attack security forces. The terrorists also burn down houses, shops and religious edifices. Simultaneously, they have spread propaganda by disseminating fabricated news in English. They also used Twitter, which is being widely used by international leaders, celebrities and politicians. It has been found that some media in the country have written in a biased style and presentation, portraying that these events had been caused by race and religion.
    Last but not least, the strategies of these extremist terrorists and targets seem to have been carefully chosen and expertly crafted to have lasting impact for several decades. Their influence can reach faraway places all over the world, so we must take care so as not to fall for the trap of terrorists in dealing with the issues of northern Rakhine State.
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