Who is actually to blame for the crisis?


Over the past few weeks, the world has been directing all their scrutiny at Aung San Suu Kyi. She has been verbally attacked by the media, criticised by those who were once her allies and blamed for what has been happening to the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, but how much power does she actually have over the crisis?

Aung San Suu Kyi is the de facto leader of Myanmar, a nobel peace prize winner. When her party gained power in 2015/16 she was forced to allow the military a quarter of the seats on offer in parliaments, as there is a law (written by the military itself when it was in power), which states that this must be done. They hold many key positions such as Defence, Security, the police, and maybe, most crucially, the home office. As they control these key defence positions (including, of course, the military) Myanmar's arsenal is at their disposal, and, according to some experts, they would trade control and power for international respect and acknlowledgement. Another symbol of power for the military is the fact that the Commander in Chief of Myanmar's armed forces is basically his own boss, not having to report to Mrs Suu Kyi, and for the fact that he cannot be fired.

Despite this evidence against the military and not Aung San Suu Kyi, some people say that she had the chance to speak out and maybe help prevent the Rohingya crisis, and she did not. Doing this would probably have once again put her under house arrest, however some say this would be a good price to pay for peace, especially as she is a Nobel peace prize winner. Also, she refused to admit that the army is doing this to get rid of the Rohingya in Myanmar, blaming it on terrorists. Many say that she was in fear of the military, but should she not speak out against ethic cleansing?

There has been much discussion over who started and who is to blame for the Rohingya crisis, Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar's armed forces, or some other governing body?

What are your thoughts, and who do you think is responsible for the persecution of the Rohingya Muslims?

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