More like corrupt superstitious militia men using force and violence to keep a country of 50 million at bay while they loot the riches of the nation. The funny thing is that this has been happening since the 1960’s when the military took over the government. I don’t know what if any action has been taken by the self proclaimed policemen of the world to change that since then.
This article details some of the dangerous habits of the military “elite”.
The funny thing is that even while growing up in India which is just next door to Burma (well almost), I had no idea that since the 60’s the once rich and prosperous country was in shambles and the scene of huge human rights violations. Whether it was the complicity of the Indian Government in preventing the media from documenting this or just the indifference among the people that surrounded me, I don’t know. But now, after the latest events, reading about this makes me feel that this has gone on way too long and while I am not an interventionist, I feel that issues like this should be flooding the media and be instrumental in deciding how nations interact with Burma.
One thing I have been aware of all along is that Aung San Suu Kyi the heroine of the people’s struggle has spend a large part of her life being imprisoned by the military government. Isn’t it funny how we can easily point out who are the key leaders in the good side but the bad guys remain faceless under the catch all “military”? I think the media should expose individuals, strip them in their reports and give a face to the bad guys.
Here’s Jim Carey talking about Aung San Suu Kyi:
And here’s an example of whats happening in Burma right now if you can stomach it: