Indonesian Muslims holding placards displaying the words "Stop Killing Rohingya" attend a rally outside the Myanmar embassy in Jakarta on August 6, 2012.
A political analyst says the United States is responsible for the genocide of the minority Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, Press TV reports.
“The United States of America bears responsibility for this genocide, since the US has been rewarding the Myanmar regime with ever-closer political and economic ties during recent months of accelerating atrocities,” Kevin Barrett wrote in an article
published on Press TV Website.
Reports say some 650 Rohingyas have been killed in the Rakhine state in the west of the country in recent months. This is while 1,200 others are missing and 80,000 more have been displaced.
The Buddhist-majority government of Myanmar refuses to recognize Rohingyas and classifies them as illegal migrants, although the Rohingyas are said to be Muslim descendants of Persian, Turkish, Bengali, and Pathan origin, who migrated to Myanmar as early as the 8th century.
“Muslims have been living in Burma since roughly 800 c.e. -- that is, nearly for as long as the religion of Islam has existed. And Arakan has been a Muslim region, ruled by Muslim kings and/or populated by Bengali Muslims, since 1430. The most notable population increase of Muslims in Arakan took place in the 1600s,” the analyst explained.
He further noted that more than 20 mosques have been burned by Buddhist mobs, backed by national security forces, in the Arakan state of Myanmar.
“Every one of the more than 500 mosques in Arakan has been taken over by the genocidal regime’s security forces and shut down, and they are being demolished one-by-one,” Barrett added.
The analyst also called on the American Buddhists to help stop the massacre of the Rohingyas by “pressuring the US and Myanmar governments as well as international human rights organizations.”
“Your visible participation in the campaign to save the Rohingya people from extermination by murderous Buddhist fanatics will not only help draw the world’s attention to this horrific situation, but also help restore the image of Buddhism as a religion of compassion,” Barrett stated.