Wednesday, October 3, 2007

A Brief History of the Situation in Burma

Until recently, I had no idea what had been going on in Burma (why is addressed in this short video). Now I understand that the junta are worse than that nutjob running North Korea; the slaughter of monks has been appalling, and the recent (though failed) attempt by the people to rise up against the oppressive regime is every bit as inspiring as the Chinese in Tiannamen Square ... and disheartening to see the military put them down.

I always wonder why it is, really, that we're in Iraq, when we never did much about Bosnia, or are doing about Darfur, and now Burma. Last night I just finished watching Ken Burns' "The War," and was reminded, as our soldiers were reminded when they liberated the death camps, that at least part of the reason that war was necessary was that the Nazis were systematically exterminating all the Jews in Europe. That's a crime against humankind. What's happening or happened in Burma, Darfur, or Bosnia is not that much different--I hope to God our looking the other way is not because there's nothing there we want a hand of control on, such as oil fields.

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