A recent post on ARSA from Weekly Blitz prompts me to recommend that analyses of ARSA’s politics are, at this point, most trustworthy & best left to journalists from Rohingya Vision, Rohingya Blogger, & the many Rohingya activists & their supporters who actually know what the hell is going on with ARSA.
Weekly Blitz is a tabloid from Bangladesh published by Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury, a notorious criminal, Islamophobe, & Zionist. In the June 15th article, an author claims: “ISIS-prototype Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) boss Ataullah Abu Ammar Jununi has started communicating with his jihadist counterparts in Islamic State, Afghan-Talibans, as well as Muslim militants within the Kashmiris in India, Chechens in Russia & Uyghurs in China with the agenda of forming a regional alliance & establishing Caliphate through jihad.”
The International Crisis Group, journalists Bertil Lintner & Carlos Sardina Galache, Amnesty International, & now Weekly Blitz mostly talk through their butts in associating ARSA with terrorism of the “Wahhabi-Salafi jihadi” kind. It’s possible ARSA has evolved from a self-defense group during the height of the genocidal assault in 2017 to a paramilitary squad. It’s likely most of them have been killed by the Burmese army or are living in refugee camps in Bangladesh. But anyone who tries to elevate them to ‘Islamist’ monsters should not be trusted for a moment.