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By Douglas Chalmers, October 3, 2007 at 7:08 am Link to this comment
This is not merely a monks’ rebellion - there is already an established opposition party - in fact, they are the elected government!!! So, if most of their members are in exile, they will still be back thers as quick as it takes to get on a plane to facilitate an administrative and economic structure for trade. Runnning the country is no problem. It only requires public servants with pens, not d!ckheads with guns.
Oil + mining companies the world over are well known to have no morals (Syriana). They will just have to accept that bribing generals in a military regime is a cost which must now be written off as they learn to do business in a democracy instead. Lots of buddies in uniform next door in Thailand won’t be harmed by supporting democracy in Burma or Myanmar or whatever they will call it next as well as Thailand, uhh. Can chuck out Thaksin (Thailand) - also can chuck out Than Shwe, no problem.
Praying for junta (to F@%k off!) is fine. Soldiers can have jobs digging ditches - no need to starve. Earn their keep or join monastery and learn to beg, ha ha. Must keep the pressure up. Will turn out much better than S.Africa in the long term…..
By Douglas Chalmers, October 3, 2007 at 6:59 am Link to this comment
#104176 by QuyTran on 10/02 at 4:43 pm: “It looks like Chevron’s pipeline output…!”
All those Hollywood glamor movie stars and trendies demonstrating about an offshore natural gas stroage facility in California recently should consider what their priorities are…....
They still don’t understand what the problems are where the stuff come from - ot the uS complicity in insisting that it is all always buoght and sold in $$$US!!!!
By QuyTran, October 2, 2007 at 5:43 pm Link to this comment
It looks like Chevron’s pipeline output !
By Douglas Chalmers, October 2, 2007 at 10:38 am Link to this comment
#103963 by Marnie on 10/02 at 1:30 am: “...The saffron robes went up in flames in Vietnam… So here we go again…... what a pity that our own religious leaders do not show the courage and determnation to put their lives on the line when it really matters…”
Anglicans are the worst - they’re utterly part of the Establishment. Then there are the Catholics…. all are tarred with the same brush. “Holier than thou…”
By Marnie, October 2, 2007 at 2:30 am Link to this comment
The saffron robes went up in flames in Vietnam to protest a repressive minority, western supported leadership, in the years leading up to our full military assault on that nation to support a corrupt puppet government.
So here we go again.
On the other hand, what a pity that our own religious leaders do not show the courage and determnation to put their lives on the line when it really matters, or to go to the aide of other repressed religions.
By Douglas Chalmers, October 1, 2007 at 12:42 pm Link to this comment
“AUSTRALIA has taken a lead in the diplomatic war on Burma’s junta, refusing to accept a military commander as the rogue state’s new ambassador to Canberra…... Australia has rejected Rangoon’s request to appoint Brigadier-General Thura U Thet Oo Maung as the new ambassador because of the regime’s appalling behaviour.
At the time of the nomination earlier this year, General Maung was serving in the Burmese Army Command and had served in the military controlling the states of Shan and Karen, which are engaged in violent battles for independence from the repressive regime.
The Australian Government refused the Burmese nomination when it was made several months ago but it is now making a point of the rejection by publicly disclosing the rare diplomatic snub…..” http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,22516505-601,00.html