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Myths and realities behind the Rakhine crisis

Condemnation of Aung San Suu Kyi highlights ironies of Myanmar's recent history

GWEN ROBINSON, Chief editor | Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos

NAYPYITAW -- The international outcry over Myanmar's escalating Rohingya refugee crisis masks several ironies that have fueled an intensifying propaganda war since the Aug. 25 attacks by Muslim militants on security facilities in Rakhine state. The first is the resounding condemnation of the country's de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, while the real commanders behind the brutal "clearance operations" targeting Rohingya communities have stayed out of the political frontline.

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