A Letter from Barack Hussein Obama and half-past-six Burma

A Letter from Barack Hussein Obama

and half-past-six Burma 

  • Originally by_ Dr Azly Rahman
  • I copied from the website of_ DYMM Raja Petra   
  • Based on that core, I have added alot of my remarks and facts about Burma.
  • This is what I will bring to the office of the Presidency of the United States . I will deal with Muslims from a position of familiarity and respect and at this time in the history of our nation that is something sorely needed.

    Even the Burmese opposition leaders and activists wish to maintain the status quo with the excuse of secularism, even refused to allow the Muslims to highlight their sufferings, Racial Discriminations and Religious Suppressions.

    The Muslim heritage of my family

    Barack Hussein Obama

    There has been a lot made in the recent weeks about the Muslim history of my family. Some of the things that have been said are true, others are false, so I am writing this letter to clear up the misunderstandings on this issue.

    Yes, it is true that I have a name that is common amongst Kenyan Muslims where my father came from and that my middle name is Hussein. Barack is a name which means “blessing” and Hussein is a masculine form of the word beauty. 


    Since there is nothing inherently wrong with the concept of blessings from God and the beauty He creates I fail to see the problem with these names. Some will say wouldn’t it be a problem to have a president with a name similar to the deposed and executed former dictator of Iraq ? My answer to this is simply no; rather it is the strength and beauty of America that the son of an African man with a “funny sounding” name, born under British Colonial Rule, can now be a serious candidate for the presidency of the United States .

    My father was a Muslim and although I did not know him well the religion of my father and his family was always something I had an interest in. This interest became more intense when my mother married an Indonesian Muslim man and as a small child I lived in Indonesia and attended school alongside Muslim pupils. I saw their parents dutifully observing the daily prayers, the mothers covered in the Muslim hijab, the atmosphere of the school change during Ramadan, and the festiveness of the Eid celebrations.

    The man my mother was married to was not particularly religious; but he would attend the mosque on occasion, and had copies of the Quran in different languages in the home, and books of the sayings and life of the Prophet Muhammad. From time to time he would quote Islamic phrases such as “no one truly believes until he wants for his brother what he wants for himself”, “oppression is worse than slaughter”, and “all humans are equal the only difference comes from our deeds”.

    Growing up in Hawaii with my mother and her grandparents Islam largely escaped my mind. My mother installed in me the values of humanism and I did not grow-up in a home where religion was taught.

    It was later while I attended college at Columbia University and Harvard Law that I became reacquainted with Muslims as both schools had large Muslims student populations. Some of them were my friends and many came from countries that our nation now has hostile relations with. The background I had from my early childhood in Indonesia helped me get to know them and learn from them and to me Muslims are not to be looked upon as something strange. In my experiences up until college a Muslim was no less exotic to me than a Mormon, a Jew, or a Jehovah’s Witness.

    After college I settled in my adopted hometown of Chicago and lived on the South Side and worked as a community organizer. Chicago has one of the largest Muslim populations in America (estimated to be around 300,000) and Muslims make-up some of the most productive citizens in the area. I met countless numbers of Muslims in my job as an organizer and later on in my early political career. I ate in their homes, played with their kids, and looked at them as friends and peers and sought their advice.

    Therefore, when the tragic terrorist attacks of 9-11 occurred I was deeply saddened with the rest of America , and I wanted justice for the victims of this horrific attack, but I did not blame all Muslims or the religion of Islam. From my experience I knew the good character of most Muslims and the value that they bring to America . Many, who did not personally know Muslims, indicted the entire religion for the bad actions of a few; my experience taught me that this was something foolish and unwise.

    Later I had the chance to visit the homeland of my father and meet Muslim relatives of mine including my grandmother. I found that these were people who wanted the same things out of life as people right here in America and worked hard, strive to make a better way for their children, and prayed to God to grant them success.

    This is what I will bring to the office of the Presidency of the United States . I will deal with Muslims from a position of familiarity and respect and at this time in the history of our nation that is something sorely needed.

    The author is a Democratic presidential hopeful in US.

     

    Dear friends,

    I have seen the above “letter” but I do not know the source of it or whether it is really Mr. Obama’s letter or just his opponents wish to discredit him by writing this letter as if he is sympathetic to Muslims.

    When he declared (I saw him on TV) that he is not going to fight for the “colored African descendents” I doubt this letter’s origin. Even when he could not bleach his skin, he tried to stand away from their corner. (I am not telling that he was wrong. Right. Correct, if he never tell like that, he could not get the majority white and other races’ votes.)

    Then why should he need to write this letter before he became President of USA? After that, as all the politicians around the world, he could do what ever he likes .

    He may even purposely act against World Muslims Interests just to show off his unseen political masters (King makers in his party) and electorate or voters, most of them are non-Muslims.

    I doubt that even if he sympathizes with the Muslims he may fear of back-lash from non-Muslim American voters and would conveniently ignore the plights of Muslims. And we must not forget the threat he posed on Iran with bombing.

    But the alleged message he sent of tolerance and understanding is clear; characteristic of many and American presidential candidate, in fact.

    We need leaders in Burma with this sense of deep respect and understanding of all religions as well as all races.

    In the case of America, she needs a president that will immediately pull the troops out of Iraq and end the illegal occupation of the now incapacitated nation that is bearing the burden of destruction started by the Bush Family regime.

    The next president of the most powerful empire on Earth must have the most compassion, overshadowing the dictates of the “military-industrial” complex that has characterized the foreign policy of the United States, since perhaps the era of “Manifest Destiny”.

    I see the “multiculturalism” of Barack Obama worthy of deep reflection in and of our Burmese context of cultural hybridism.

    But not only Myanmar Tatmadaw leaders but opposition leaders and most of the people in Myanmar were brainwashed to look down on mixed blooded Burmese/Myanmar citizens especially of Islamic faith.

    Undeniably, our beliefs and prejudices are influenced by the environment we are brought up in. The era we live in also plays a very important part in all this.

    Mankind is quick to judge and pass judgment according to their own values and beliefs. They believe that if they believe it is right then it has to be right and if they believe it is wrong then it has to be wrong.

     

Even the opposition leaders and activists wish to maintain the status quo with the excuse of secularism, even refused to allow the Muslims to highlight their sufferings, Racial Discriminations and Religious Suppressions.

Status quo  =  The existing condition or state of affairs.

Latin status quō, state in which : status, state + quō, in which, ablative of quī, which.)    

“Status quo, you know, that is Latin for the mess we’re in.” Ronald Reagan 

  • Status quo is a Latin term meaning the present, current, existing state of affairs.
To maintain the status quo is to keep the things the way they presently are.    

Burma/Myanmar has gone to the dogs.

 

    Alas, the dogs are rabies-infected, lice-infested mongrels with titles like Sr Generals, Generals, opposition leaders and democracy activists etc.

If you are angry with my strong words, just read this_

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    • Who could swear that they are pure blooded?
    • My great, great parents had migrated to Burma but they had married the pure blooded Burmese.
    • Who is not a migrant? Bamas? Shans? Mon? Karen?,Kachin? Rakhine?
    • Don’t pretend to be a peacock, you all are also crows!
    • Just because we are Muslims you all tried to discriminate us.
    • Enough is enough!.    

      Opposition activists acting like an ostrich

       

      To use an ornithological metaphor_

      the minimalist approach in suppressing all the religious minorities’ suffering with the lame excuse of secularism belongs to the ostrich.

      Our maximalist approach belongs to the eagle.

      Most of the Ostrichs: NLDs, Burmese Activists and Burmese oppositions turn their heads to the other side and pretend not to see when the Myanmar MI and soldiers attacked Mosques, destroyed Korans, assaulted, looted, killed the Muslims and burnt their homes.

      It was bound to come, this clash between the minimalist and maximalist approaches in the ongoing revolution.

      The minimalist approach could be described as_

      an attempt to settle a dispute in the midst of a disagreement or uncertainty over fundamental questions that underlie it.

      Instead of sacrificing for the revolution, all the mixed blooded and religious minorities should just support the Government of the day, like what the Burmese Chinese are doing now.

      • We should just concentrate on our business
      • while encourage our children to concentrate on education.
      • After all education is the passport to our future.
      • Education could bring respect and raise the height of the glass ceiling.
      • Wealth is the key of all the favours.
      • We could easily grease the civilian politicians or military leaders.
      • After all according to the global surveys, 90% of world’s politicians are corrupt!
      • Hajima Daw Pu could even pull the strings of General Ne Win.
      • Bangladesh’s second richest man, Rohingya of Burma could pay ex-PM General Khin Nyunt to go and meet him at the airport,  toaccompany him with a Myanmar Tatmadaw helicopter to the Rakhine Buthitaung, Rohingya area.
      • Notorious Islamophobic and Muslim Haters could be bought if we could bribe with enough money!

      Regarding the comming elections:

      It does not matter if you choose the monkeys for_

      • the puppet military government
      • or the opposition government in exile

      because you can’t do worse than the present lot of donkeys.

      After all we could just bribed those new monkeys walking the corridors of power in future Myanmar with peanuts as anyway they all would be nuts (Crazy or insane) only.

      Look at how they destroy the constitution, nature and our freedom. They make a mockery of everything and hide behind this and that when all they want is to make money and Chauvanism only.

      • Not everyone has the ability to tolerate these nonsenses.
      • Then they should learn a lesson but not again with our sacrifices for the revolution.
      • We could pay anyone later to bid for us, of course at our expense.
      • For a change, it is time to teach our racists Burmese oppositiona lesson because these idiots are always preaching to us. Enough is enough man!
      • What Martin Luther King started in the 1960s is now returning in the form of Mr.Barack Obama.
      •  History teaches us that one major pre requisite for political change is awareness.
      • There is no change without struggle, and struggle builds the awareness as it goes.

       

       

  • “In a time of national deceit,

    telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act”

    George Orwell

     I am fed up with the following_

    I was subservient, timid, gullible to the opposition acting like easy to fleece, easy to fool, credulous, naïve so that they could understand the sufferings of Burmese Muslims. No problem. All OK.

    But when I tried to let some of them know about me, to my surprise they close one eye and try to use me for their cause but advised not to reveal others.

    The mixed blooded Indian were seen to be subservient and loyal to the masters that give rise to the popular Burmese saying,

    Myin oungun, kyun kala, maya tawthu

    Meaning_ “(We should choose the following for the subservient and loyality) For the horse a brown colour , a kala for a slave and a village girl for a wife”.

     

     “In matters of style, swim with the current.
    In matter of PRINCIPLE, stand like a rock.”
     
    Thomas Jefferson   

    I am a mixed blooded person.

     

So let us continue to struggle for the Muslims in Myanmar. What we are going through is part of our struggle.  .

Many Burmese Muslims have the right ideas but their message is not getting through to other Burmese. They think their ideas published on blogs or in letters to the editors are enough. They don’t realise that they need to get their message across to the people who don’t read the alternative media or the even the newspapers or who don’t even know of the corrupt scandals going on right now.

The only way to ensure you get a better deal from the government or opposition activist leaders you elect is by kicking them out every now and then to remind them that political power never come out from the barrel of the gun or is not a God-given right but a hard-earned privilege.

  • Also don’t let the opposition politicians think they are any better then the military rulers if they refuse to change their treatment on all of us.

 

 

 

  • Don’t let them get our support by default only.

     

     

     

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    Make them accountable also.

     

     

     

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    Make them promise first for the equal rights of the religious minorities and ethnic minorities.

     

     

     

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    If the could not give us_

     

     

     

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      equal rights of all the Burmese citizens,

       

       

       

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      Human Rights,

       

       

       

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      Meritocracy in all the government appointments, promotions, scholarships etc. 

       

       

       

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      Individual Freedon,

       

       

       

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      Religious freedom and

       

       

       

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      Freedom of speech now,

       

       

       

 

                 why should we trust them now or support or hope that they will give

                 all these to us once they have the POWER.

 

  • We are not NAIVE brothers! At least we understand that the devil we know is better than the angel we don’t know. Afterall the angle we see in the opposition may be just an illusion only. In Burmese there are sayings_

     

     

    • Nauk Lar Dae’_Maung Pa Lae’
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    • Dine Wun Htet Kae’.
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    • Kyar Gyi Kyauk Loe’_Shin gyi Koe
    • Shin gyi Ga_Kyar Htet Soe.
      1. Worldly rather than spiritual.
      2. Not specifically relating to religion or to a religious body: secular music.
      3. Relating to or advocating secularism.
      4. Not bound by monastic restrictions, especially not belonging to a religious order. Used of the clergy.
      1. Religious skepticism or indifference.
      2. The view that religious considerations should be excluded from civil affairs or public education.
      1. The practice of professing beliefs, feelings, or virtues that one does not hold or possess; falseness.
      2. An act or instance of such falseness.
      • Democratic Voice of Burma, Media conference (July 19-20, Oslo) Burmese Media: Past, present and future by U Thaung (Mirror/Kyae Mon news paper Retired Chief Editor)

      • Muslims of Burma” A study of a minority Group, by Moshe Yegar,Page 32 paragraph 4.Page 36,  paragraph 1, line 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 15

      • Reference: Muslims of Burma” A study of a minority Group, by Moshe Yegar,Page 38, line 1.   
      • Reference: “Muslims of Burma” A study of a minority Group, by Moshe Yegar,Page 38, paragraph 2.
      • Reference: Muslims of Burma” A study of a minority Group, by Moshe Yegar,Page 38, paragraph 2, line 12,13,14 
      • In their version of democracy, equal human right for all the citizens is at the denial state.  

      • In their vision of Independent New Burma, we remained in the blind spot. 

      • In their victory plan, we are not sure whether we could even get a chance to buy a ticket to look at and enjoy the victory ball dance or be allowed to even buy a ticket to share the joy of our fellow comrades’ victory speeches. 

      • So it is half-past-six Burma,
      • half-past-six Myanmar Tatmadaw
      • and half-past-six opposition.
      • adj. bad; shoddy, slipshod. 
      • Anything condesending or negative about a person, thing, idea, etc.  Examples: 
        • That person is HPS (an idiot); This item is HPS (doesn’t work, is crap, etc).  
      • the other meaning of Half-past-Sick is almost dying, morribund or half way to death. 
      • So we, Muslims must try our best to stay at 10.10.

        Best wishes,

        Dr. SOA

           

    • The future of the nation lies in truth, justice and a government that really respects the people, not one that discriminate minorities of other faith or insults the people.

      More Burmese are leaving the country – not only Chinese and Indians, but Bamas as well – because some of them can’t stomach the military and economic difficulties. Even the Military leaders have their lifeboats abroad. Many of them send their children overseas and maintain second homes.

      Who care about the country’s well-being will have to make hard choices. Burmese citizens must decide whether to retain the incumbent military government choose to support the opposition by rejecting the referendum, to restrain our military generals from abusing their power for personal gain.

      As a mixed blooded Muslim of Burma, I have a bad taste about all the governments. 

      Except for a very very few fellow comrades, even some of the patriot revolutionists and activists have a blurred vision on us, mixed blooded Muslims of Burma. We all have a bad taste about all the governments in Burma/Myanmar.  

      U Nu’s so called democratic government although claimed to be secular, even requested the Burma Muslim Congress to dissolve and kicked out of AFPFL with the LAME EXCUSE to maintain the secular politics, later SHAMELESSLY declared that Buddhism is the state religion and it opened the Pandora box.

      Secular = 

      (A)adj.

       

       

       (B) Noun.

      Secularism was the word adopted by George Jacob Holyoake in the early 1850s to describe a system of morals and social action shaped exclusively by this-worldly considerations, irrespective of religious beliefs. The word was derived from the secular education movement for the complete separation of religious teaching from other forms of education.
       

      But we could see the hypocrisy when  they could print or publish Islam bashing articles in their web pages and newspapers. Even when the Bishop of

      Hypocrisy = Noun, pl. -sies.

      [Middle English ipocrisie, from Old French, from Late Latin hypocrisis, play-acting, pretense, from Greek hupokrisis, from hupokrīnesthai, to play a part, pretend : hupo-, hypo- + krīnesthai, to explain, middle voice of krīnein, to decide, judge.]

      Pandora box = Greek Mythology. The first woman, bestowed upon humankind as a punishment for Prometheus’s theft of fire. Entrusted with a box containing all the ills that could plague people, she opened it out of curiosity and thereby released all the evils of human life. 

      There were anti Muslim riots in 1930 and 1938, while still under British rule. The real basic hidden agenda was aimed at British Government but the Burmese dare not show this openly. The growing Nationalistic sentiments fanned by the local media disguised as anti Muslim to avoid the early detection and notice followed by the full blown force of mighty British Government machinery.Throughout the Burmese struggles against British rule, all the political issues, movements, meetings, demonstrations, riots, rebellions and even the revolutions were instigated, inspired, influenced and led by newspapers.

       

      Reference:

       

      On 22.9.38. British Governor set up the Inquiry Committee.

       

      They found out that the real cause was the discontent in the government regarding the deterioration in sociopolitical and economic conditions of Burmans.

       They use the anti Muslim propaganda as a disguise to cover up for the political struggle to gain independence.So the Buddhist used the Muslims as a scapegoat, for the first time, to fight against the British. It was used as an inciting factor by the irresponsible Burmese newspapers.

      The Simon Commission (The Royal Statutory Commission, appointed according to the Law of the Government of India1919, The Montague-Chelmsford Law) to inquire the effects of Dyarchy system of ruling Burma, had recommended that special places be assigned to the Myanmar Muslims in the Legislative Council. It recommended that full rights of citizenship should be guaranteed to all the minorities: the right of free worship, the right to follow their own customs, the right to own property and to receive a share of the public revenues for the maintenance of their own educational and charitable institutions. But British refused most of the recommendations. After the Independence because of successive military governments’ propagandas have brain-washed them and the Ultra-Nationalist movements, they still regarded us as Migrant Indians, foreigners, not pure-blooded rascals etc.  

       

      We even suspected that some of the comrades tolerated our presence during the revolution may even change if any one of our fellow mixed-blooded Muslims (definitely not me. I am nothing, haven’t done anything yet and am only interested to look at our free democratic union motherland progress and prosper) were just elected as a MP.

      He could be seen as Kala and deal with contempt.  “Racial Profiling” as Kala could not count or hold water in the CIVILIZED WORLD OUTSIDE MYANMAR. It is a crime! Although most of the Myanmars are too used to it, Muslims including me, who are at the receiving end, take seriously as an offence.

      We are not wrong, according to UN accepted Genocide guide lines. In the land like Myanmar where it is even a taboo to mention even our Independence father Bogyoke Aung San, those salute him or made a khamoke (hat), symbol of his daughter’s party, were jailed, but every body is free to profile others!  Calling Kala never stopped there. It is used with animosity and always followed by discriminations. I my self was at the receiving end for the most of my life in Burma.

      If you can’t help the Burmese Muslims to move forward, do not push them backwards please.

      Note: half-past-six = Half-past-Sick =

       

     

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