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.
The Realities are:
Why doesn’t the junta let the shiploads of aids to be unloaded at the delta directly to the aid workers who should already be there by now? Why doesn’t the junta consider the shorter and easier trips in delivering aid? I’m upset to hear that a French ship loaded with tones of supply materials is leaving. But how can we ask France to wait a little while as we know the junta is hopelessly selfish?
The junta has overcome its fear of the US invasion as not even for surveillance, the US would come; but the dictators will not trust the US anyway. And as foe, they want to make the US looks like an ineffective bully. And they got a chance in cyclone crisis.
Whilst the junta is claiming the US be aiming for oil reserve of Burma, it is selling to other countries anyway. Then what’s wrong with selling to the US too? Shouldn’t we trade all around the world?
(But we must sanction this dictatorship – because it won’t open its door to the free world to come and invest for human rights. Sometimes things happened to change my mind but whenever I thought seriously, I can’t imagine how I can accept the world to end their sanctions on the junta. We don’t win the battle for freedom yet but we have made the junta to live in constant fear. But we must win eventually to free the people from dictatorial hell.)
Rather the junta should consider about the fuel shortage that has been widely a problem among Burmese population. There is nothing the junta has done to exploit these natural resources for our people – apart from selling to other countries for its own advantage.
The junta’s accusation ‘the US comes for oil’ might be solicited by its supporters.
We must not forget that the fact is they have kept the junta for 20 years despite our population have rejected this dictatorship all along. They’re the ones must share responsibility on the inhumane conditions caused by the junta. There are no concerned statements from them amid false referendum; certainly this shows they like it too.
I guess Mr. Ban Ki-moon has realised as a witness about how the junta communicates and tricks the diplomats and his envoys for several years. We know whoever comes to see them concerned about what they’re doing, related to human rights issues, is a foe so they’ll engage him a psychological war to have a taste of trickery.
I knew that the junta would break its pledge to Mr. Ban. I didn’t like to think the junta has allowed the aid workers to let in rather not now but only next year. I personally didn’t believe the aid workers would be allowed in – no matter what it costs the junta. I was wrong – they only burnt down the embassy in Bangkok.
Still the junta is playing its dirty game. What is it that supporting its spine whilst it is lifting the heavy weight of cyclone crisis?
We should appreciate the efforts of the countries that have been sending in aid and aid workers – including Thailand and the Philippines. However, the future holds these countries alongside with other regional countries as neighbours and as ASEAN.
Already ASEAN has stated its unwillingness to change its policy toward Burma at the middle of cyclone crisis. We must understand this group was a biggest obstacle. It wasn’t hesitant to hinder our human rights and to belittle our efforts for freedom. It has kept silent through out cyclone crisis that it seems willing to back the junta in any issue. Only the news sending out by aid workers and journalists from disaster zones seems to have some influence on them – they have to be look good in the international community, don’t they?
We haven’t heard any criticism against the junta from these countries. We will be fooled if we think the region would never be the same again. Whatever happening in Burma now, we must not forget any of those who have been nurturing and looking after the junta to survive. They are also responsible for what happening inside Burma right now.
No matter whatever our future holds after this referendum, they will accept the junta only – no matter how the people of Burma will be held as slave labours in the region ever more, without future.
As we know this, we have to find answers best for the situation to change. As we must change the situation, we have to change the settings of this region as well but we along cannot succeed.
I believe all donors, not just some, are sincere in giving – so we can thank them wholeheartedly.
Finally, I want your ideas and strategy how a military operation against the junta be possible and how it should start to be swift and decisive. As the junta has realised the US is not really a threat, their fear of the US and their respect to the UN have disappeared all together.
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