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The Road to Burma

Posted by Mark on September 27, 2007

The road to Burma, (aka. Myanmar) regretfully, will soon be paved with dead Buddhist monks. Uh….nine so far, but you can expect hundreds- if not thousands more.

The world now knows about Burma’s struggling Buddhist drive for democracy, but the dictator who rules the country is still obscure, grimly hidden behind dark sunglasses and a uniform decorated with military medals.

Crushing dissidents and democracy is nothing new to this government. In fact, it’s a rather gruesome pastime.

The current uprising by Buddhist monks, pro-democracy activists and ordinary people echoes the popular insurrection of 1988 that Gen. Than Shwe and other military leaders crushed. An estimated 1,000 to 3,000 people perished in that idealistic attempt to topple the regime. Many people now fear an equally bloody confrontation.

This week’s confrontation is a mere skirmish by comparison.

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