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Saturday, September 29, 2007

Human Rights - Mutiny in Myanmar?

Via Raw Story comes a report from Newsdesk Special that the army in Myanmar is mutinying, refusing to shoot protestors and turning their guns against each other. If this is true, it is good news for this small, troubled, isolated country. The article states, in part:
The organisation Helfen ohne Grenzen (Help without Frontiers) is reporting that "Soldiers from the 66th LID (Light Infantry Divison) have turned their weapons against other government troops and possibly police in North Okkalappa township in Rangoon and are defending the protesters. At present unsure how many soldiers involved."

Soldiers in Mandalay, where unrest has spread to as we reported this morning, are also reported to have refused orders to act against protesters.
It is long past time that this repressive military regime were gone. Let us hope that the Burmese people can resolve their problems in a peaceful way, that the military junta is disempowered permanently, and that Aung San Suu Kyi regains her rightful position as the elected leader of Burma.

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At 9:35 AM, Blogger Sandy-LA 90034 said...

Political Cat,

Someone brought this poem by W.B. Yeats to my attention recently: It's called "The Second Coming" and was written "while much of the world was trying to recover from World War I...Yeats saw great social troubles all around him, and remarks on a world spinning out of control."

It seems to me every generation is challenged by its own version of what this poem describes. In an odd way, I take hope in that idea.

The Second Coming

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, until everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in the sand of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

 
At 10:04 AM, Blogger bobby fletcher said...

Cat, Anug San Suu Kyi’s connection with the CIA (thru our intelops like DIA officer Col. Robert Helvey) and the Karen insurgency is an open secret:

http://www.google.com/search?q=Aung+San+Suu+Kyi+Robert+Helvey

http://www.google.com/search?q=Aung+San+Suu+Kyi+Karen+insurgency

And is it a big suprise all this ties back to the American Enterprise Institute, the chief architect of the Iraq war:

http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Albert_Einstein_Institution

“Helvey “was an officer of the Defence Intelligence Agency of the Pentagon, who had served in Vietnam and, subsequently, as the US Defence Attache in Yangon, Myanmar (1983 to 85), during which he clandestinely organised the Myanmarese students to work behind Aung San Suu Kyi and in collaboration with Bo Mya’s Karen insurgent group”

Here’s more background on Col Robert Helvey and CIA’s agenda to employ non-violent warfare to destablize other countries (the organge/velvet revolutions being the most recent examples):

http://www.saag.org/papers2/paper198.htm

 
At 10:31 AM, Blogger Sandy-LA 90034 said...

PoliticalCat:

Thank you for the comment you added to my blog (who knows when, since only the time of entry is shown, not the date). After reading your encouragement, I decided to recopy the Yeats poem on my own blog, too. My first post in more than a year!

Also, Bobby Fletcher's comment above is a bit scary -- to see all the wheels within wheels of the various factions over the years with results that create news decades later.

Very thought provoking.

 
At 9:33 AM, Blogger bobby fletcher said...

FYI recent article re Burmese geopolitics:

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/IJ17Ae01.html

The geopolitical stakes of 'Saffron Revolution'
By F William Engdahl
...
The tragedy of Myanmar, whose land area is about the size of George W Bush's Texas, is that its population is being used as a human stage prop in a drama scripted in Washington by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), the George Soros Open Society Institute, Freedom House and Gene Sharp's Albert Einstein Institution, a US intelligence asset used to spark "non-violent" regime change around the world on behalf of the US strategic agenda.

 

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