We strongly condemn the magazine article titled “When Buddhists Monks Wield Kalashnikovs” by David Brenner in Foreign Policy Magazine published on July 2, 2014. We believe that the article is enormously misleading and biased while the author jumped his own conclusions without making any careful examinations of our true cause.
As the author demonized and accused the Arakan Army (AA) as a mere armed gang against Muslims, AA is not a safe haven for the extremists to do as they pleased. Nor do we intend to harm any innocent people or groups against humanity. We are highly disciplined with morals and strongly committed to freedom, justice, human rights and dignity. The Arakan Army was only established to strive for our right to self-determination and equality which no honest man shall lose in his/her life. More importantly, AA is not a religion based armed group which is only formed with Buddhists but people with other religious faiths are also allowed to join AA in order to share our cause. This alone proves our belief in religious diversity and our desire to create an open society where basic human rights are guaranteed. Hence, the demonization of the Arakan Army with his dreadful assertions shows the author’s academic immaturity and his deliberate attempts to diminish our cause. Continue Reading →