Thursday, September 27, 2007

In Rangoon

If you want to know more about the extraordinary soft coup in Burma, the Blog of Nyein Chan Yar has on-the-spot reporting as a place to start.

More here.

In 1998, the NLD won a huge victory in elections in Burma. The ruling junta refused to recognise the elections.

If we are for democracy, for justice, for the people... but we are not, are we? There will be no UN mission, no strong sanctions, no real pressure. And monks, men of peace, who wish only wellbeing for all, and others will continue to be shot down in the street by men far far worse than those whose nation we will shortly be destroying.

6 Comments:

At 6:46 am, Blogger Basscadet said...

And monks, men of peace, who wish only wellbeing for all, and others will continue to be shot down in the street by men far far worse than those whose nation we will shortly be destroying

Intellectual thoughts commonly fail me - but had I grown up to be politically savvy and articulate, I'd like to think that this one word would still sum up my thoughts:

Cunts.

 
At 10:37 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And monks, men of peace.

In the far east Buddhist Monks are ordinary people, its a thing they all do at least once in their life time some for a year others for just a week or 2 very few dedicate their whole life to it.. So while shooting monks to us appears unimaginable and worse than shooting the average joe to them there is very little difference.

 
At 11:08 pm, Blogger Dr Zen said...

Yes, I know. But they do so for a reason.

And dude, you are showing your ignorance of Burmese culture if you think there is "little difference" for them.

 
At 10:47 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most Burmese have been or will be monks during their lives, its considered apart of their education/duty like being christened and being confirmed. While they are Monks they are elevated and respected and fed and have their needs provided for by the general population. For quite a few its just a way out of poverty. My point is they are ordinary people there is nothing special or altruistic about them. How many Buddhist Monks have you known, i know 2.

 
At 8:59 am, Blogger Dr Zen said...

Like I say, they do so for a reason, which you are not understanding.

And whether a person is ordinary is nothing to do with how others see them, Gunt.

 
At 9:28 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the far east Buddhist Monks are ordinary people, its a thing they all do at least once in their life time some for a year others for just a week or 2 very few dedicate their whole life to it.. So while shooting monks to us appears unimaginable and worse than shooting the average joe to them there is very little difference.

Nearly all of those soldiers doing the shooting will most likely have been monks.

 

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