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October 04, 2007

Crackdown in Burma

The BBC reported this week that thousands of monks arrested in the peaceful demonstrations against the military junta ruling Burma have been forcibly rounded up, stripped of their robes, shackled and sent away to undisclosed locations. One can only assume it’s not for rest and relaxation.

And since the ruling junta has cut off Internet, media and most diplomatic access, we may never really know.

I lived in Asia and came to champion the cause led by the exceptionally brave imprisoned Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. I’m greatly saddened to see this country become the latest in a long tragic line of nations exhausted by despotic subhumans who bludgeon, teargas, shoot and otherwise trample the life out of their own people.

We like to sell America as the global upholder of democracy, freedom and liberty.

It seems, however, our moral authoritarian role and sense of purpose is selectively applied to countries in which we have more economic interest.

One can only wonder what the billions we have squandered in dollars, human life and influence in Iraq (and the sorry sequel-to-come in Iran) might have helped buy in terms of influencing positive change in countries like Burma.

Brent Anderson
Fairway

Comments

Kate

“I lived in Asia and came to champion the cause led by the exceptionally brave imprisoned Burmese opposition leader. . .” “It seems, however, our moral authoritarian role and sense of purpose is selectively applied to countries in which we have more economic interest.”

At last, bit of honesty from the left. The letter-writer drops all pretense of concern about the loss of life, “squandering” of money and meddling in the affairs of other nations. Instead, he asks that we selectively apply our dollars and lives in countries where he has an interest.

BuddyT

Defeat thy name is Kookcinich.....

Sophie Demartine

The Chinese gov't just gave 300 million to buy off the rebels so they can continue to exploit the oil resources in Burma, they are a bit smarter, it's cheaper than war, though oil is the reason for the strife there, like it is everywhere. Cheney must be mad as hell he can't invade Burma because all our troops are in Iraq. Why doesn't he send his private army Blackwater there? The Iraqis don't want them in Iraq, maybe they can do better in Burma? Better yet why don't we up the anti offer the resistance more money than the Chinese? It's cheaper to buy them then kill them, too bad he didn't think of that for Iraq! Oh I forgot he had to feed the war machine at home.

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