All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Burmese)
No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.
Those who have the kindness of benefit for others
For the sake of living beings, do not relax their powers.
Though these holy beings bear a heavy burden,
They never put it down and dwell in discouragement.
Burma is known as a golden land made of several ranges (or ‘Yoma’ in Burmese) where thousands of tribal memories, wisdoms, religions, cultures and beauties of plants and animals dwell. The rivers, all of them are indeed important to the people and other existences, snake through these beautiful mountainous regions and flow from the north to the south where Indian Ocean is. The peoples, Burma has 103 ethnics, all of them used to be really generous and all they knew was to give.
Since the modern day’s dictators have systematically destroyed, now the golden land is famous for its narcotic trades, refugees, migrant workers and various atrocities and sufferings.
One day, we’ll be free again and the land will be again famous for its beauty.
UN Must Change Tactic and Move On
As an old saying, can’t wake up who’s not asleep – because the pretender is fully aware of what’s going on, you can’t make the generals cooperate. You need a bit of cruelty in your heart to make the pretender get up – a bucket of water certainly do the task. But you might not want to choose to wet the bed like this so you might need to order pizza and eat it frenzy deliberately.
But still the second tactic might not work as it’s still conditional so you better choose crueler ways, one I can suggest what I heard from youth is to put a piece of paper between two toes and light it – yet you don’t need to light it up straight a way. Once you pretend to light it, just give the sound from the match, and also murmuring a threat will work. Even if the first two ideas fail, the last one certainly won’t; however, you might get a kick as the pretender is aware of you positioning the paper between two toes.
The UN and the international community has used the first two tactics – dialogue and aids but they only made the junta go loosed and got wilder and more stubborn now. But is the third method possible to make the junta to change its blatant way of facing international pressure?
One idea I can suggest is, if the UN forces ever to invade Burma, the entry from Mon State is quite possible by superior navy. The entry point is Belu-Kyonn (Ogre Island) the biggest island in Mon State. The island is not far from capital Moulmein (Mowlamyine). Nearest points are, I guess, no more than a mile apart. As the island is vast and defenseless, the marines can get in easily to establish a major base and navy can supply everything the base will need. And sooner the UN can invade Moulmein to Sittown where the famous Sittown paper mill and Sittown Bridge are located. Once the UN reaches this place, the rest of the south will be secured – I don’t believe there will be resistant at all.
Well, you can go on thinking for the rest parts.
If UN ever succeed Burma’s freedom by any means, I would like to campaign to lend an Island for free of charge to the UN to govern under its complete control so it would be able to process international refugees, asylum seekers etc. This will boost the image of Burma and this must be the reward. Local economy would get a market as well.
Which Island would be suitable? I guess one of the Coco Islands or in Rakhine State or Southern Burma Kosaung! I don’t know what size the Island should be to house hundred of thousands of refugees but the UN will take care of them.
This idea would be supported by EU I believe as it has been facing refugee problems but it will be costly if to send the refugees from EU to Burma but UN would be able to do it anyway. Or shouldn’t Burma donate a medium size ship too? Australia would be glad as it wouldn’t have to face similar refugee problems from 2000 and 2006. And this would give Burma a nice face in international arena.
Also the refugees wouldn’t have endure prisons or locked up in camps. They would be able to roam on the Island but won’t come to Burma mainland. They wouldn’t grow crops or produce products they would need but they would get chance for learning I guess.
The local Burmese would go and sell products once a week on market days or they might get a chance to open shops there but they must go with UN’s laws. Some local Burmese would be employed as UN staffs and as teachers.
Though it seems the UN couldn’t handle the junta in a tougher way, the narrow way which the UN can go with the military junta wouldn’t become a solution for democracy in Burma and this has been clarified how the junta treated the top UN officials. Even the Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki-moon wasn’t sent a welcome message during his trip to Thailand by the junta; it’s certainly a discomfort to see the way the UN has been responded and this doesn’t seem to have an end. It’s obvious that the softly, softly approach of Mr. Gambari couldn’t changed the generals’ minds.
The exiles didn’t expect Mr. Gambari became unsuccessful but as bright as a real African diamond – tough and clear. Now it seems he also needs special knowledge about Burma and all the three regions surrounded Burma. Unless he understands the dept of the twisty politics of this region, his predictions and decisions wouldn’t become just right for what he wants to succeed which is what we have been waiting for decades. Yet this is not his fault and we have to understand this.
His fault is the way he is trying to reach the generals and persuade them. I don’t really know what can sway their minds to become positive about the UN and dialogue. And unfortunately he still cannot succeed in getting the solid support of the major players in the region. And he, I guess, could do more on this.
I guess his direct attempt to meet the generals after the second meeting has undermined his effort, (perhaps the political developments are the true reasons then it’s clear that the generals wanted to use his missions for their advantage but when it became the opposite of their expectation, they seem to have dump Mr. Gambari already), that it looked he dropped the hook into the water with a big bate, that made the generals looked to be on track for dialogue or allowed them to mislead the UN once more, but the string was not attached. And it seems his way of secrecy or not using the media is also his weakness. And he also has failed to insist or pressure the big players who keep the general on track or unchanged. His biggest mistake was he trusted everyone or perhaps he seemed to accept the game without his rules. Here I think he has to be much, much smarter in the future and must handle the media well because the media can help him in a particular way. But as this card has been revealed, and also played, I hope he’d find a nicer way to get on his track again.
Other factors should be considered too. As it’s clear some of the regional countries are not committed to change Burma, the UN has to emphasize on this and made clear how this is unsustainable. Again the UN must not overestimate the regional countries in doing their parts as the UN has been expecting. It’s true the UN has to become tougher and more solid in facing unrest around the world. The UN must have a voice to discriminate and criticize every wrong doers.
Apart from that, Mr. Gambari must be granted visa free entries to meet the people he wants inside Burma to carry out his tasks for reconciliation and dialogues. Certainly, he would need to see NLD individuals and also students and monks. To meet him or not is rather individual decision, as the top generals did, however, he still must have a privilege that is special to a person working on the peace of Burma.
Even though the UN might not succeed the results it should expect, it is the biggest organization to carry out peace in Burma. It should be sanction that the UN concerned officials should speak about by now. The UN must sanction the generals. All business and tourism investments must end. The sooner the generals become bankrupt, the faster Burma will see the way to freedom. It’s true that lack of tourists hurt some local people who are also anti-junta. Also significantly, millions others are in uncertain condition day to day. The sufferings of the people, thus, should end sooner than later that prolonging the effects of the suppressive junta is not the interest of Burma, the UN and Free World. In this case, the free world shouldn’t slow down its support for what the UN has to carry out and at the same time should be increasing decisive attacks on the junta directly.
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