The Burmese government announced today that US State Department official Patrick Murphy will be allowed to meet with officials & visit a few cities, including Sittwe, the capital of Arakan state, & he can attend Aung San Suu Kyi’s address to the nation next Tuesday but he will not be allowed to enter the Maungdaw district of Arakan at the heart of the Rohingya genocide.

Murphy is the State Department guy who said the generals should respond responsibly to the terrorist attacks that incited the military–essentially advising them to conduct genocide “in accordance with rule of law & international human rights.” Do the generals think Murphy would blow the whistle on genocide? When the US has so much invested & is in competition with China & Russia in currying favor with the junta? In a pig’s eye! Squeamish is not the character of US foreign policy when it comes to war, occupation, genocide.