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India Policy Toward Myanmar Focuses On China

India is a democratic nation but it supports the brutal dictatorial regime of Myanmar more out of fear and selfish economic reasons than concern for upholding the principles of democracy. During the 1990s, as China began making economic inroads into Myanmar, the government of India reached out to assume a role in developing the rich resources of their neighbor to the east. A combination of fear China would become dominant on its border, a desire to tap the resources of Myanamar and concern for insurgent groups in its own northeast regions who had links to Burmese rebels led India to give whole hearted support to an oppressive regime.

However, despite this abysmal record of supporting a dictatorship, India has afforded refuge to over 50,000 Burmese refugees who fled to avoid oppression at the hands of Myanmar’s rulers. There are some reports, India quietly supports democratic opposition groups in hope one day they can gain power. The people of Burma suffer because India and China engage in power games to assert control in their land. Such is the manner in which powerful nations gain wealth.

Myanmar War Crimes To Be Exposed!

An independent American group is assuming the task of investigating war crimes perpetrated on the part of the current government of Myanmar against its own citizens. The Center for Constitutional Democracy at Indiana University, said his group would begin the investigation in order to determine if there is evidence war crimes have been committed by the military junta which governs the country. David Williams said: “our goal would be to gather the evidence and try to come out with some objective conclusions about whether there are or not”(war crimes).

Williams said he had gathered numerous stories “about how the military government is murdering villagers, it’s blowing up rice paddies so that they dry out, it’s setting fires to villages, it’s laying mines in those villages s that when the people come back some of them get blown up.” His reports suggest many villagers are fleeing to the ills in order to find a place to rebuild their village, but without the rich soil that once served them well in producing crops. The result may well be widespread famine.

The military junta has absolutely no interest in their own people, they believe that Myanmar exists so they can extract its wealth.

Myanmar Junta Still Repulsive

Armed police in trucks patrolled Yangon’s streets as fearful Burmese who last year had participated in protests against the government remained in their homes to avoid once again being brutalized by their leaders. A spokesperson Myanmar’s pro-Democratic party said fear reigns in his nation and few would even dare to pray at the famous Shwedagon Pagoda. According to Nyan Win of the National League of Democracy(NLD) said: “People are frightened now because of the bomb blast yesterday. I do not think protests like last year will happen again because of the security.”

Despite last year’s protests, the military junta which rules the nation has no intention of giving into forces of democracy. Leaders of the NLD have been told by police to avoid making provocative statements or face the consequences that arise when people oppose the government. There are reports dozens of democratic leaders have been arrested in recent months.

Burma Military Junta–Let Them Eat Frogs!

Burmese troops began evicting destitute families sheltered in cyclone relief centers and insisted there was no need for foreign relief foods because the Burmese people were perfectly capable of existing by hunting and eating “large edible frogs.” The New Light of Myanmar, the government mouthpiece, warned people that foreign relief workers would snoop inside their homes and condemned donor nations for linking aid money to gaining full access to the hardest-hit regions of the nation. The tirade against the outside world came as the Myanmar government tightened its grip by extending th arrest of Augn San Suu Kyi who leads the opposition democratic movement.

A government spokesman while visiting a center housing victims of the cyclone, told the press, “it is better that they move to their homes where they are more stable. Here, they are rely on on donations and it is not stable.” The government in many cases is handing out about 15 poles to a family and telling them to return home and build a house with the poles. The military junta is bewildered that people would actually want to eat rice when there are plenty of frogs around to feed them. However, one can assume the frog food is not ordinarily on the menu of junta feasts.

The government newspaper insists the Burmese people “are capable enough of rising from such natural diasters even if they are not provided with international assistance.”
Such is the attitude of leaders of a nation. One can only express sorrow for the people of Myanmar who must exist in such a world.

World Aghast At Behavior Of Burma Junta

Nations throughout the world were shocked at the actions of the military junta which rules the country when it violated its own laws in order to extend the house arrest of opposition leader Aung San Suu Ky. She has been under continual house detention since returning to the country in 1988, and the latest came on the 18th anniversary of tthe election of her party, the National League for Democracy(NLD) which won an overwhelming victory 18 yeas ago. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon expressed his frustration and disappointment: “The sooner restriction on Daw Aung San Suu Ky and other policial figures are lifted, the sooner Myanmar will be able to move towards incclusive national reconciliation, the restoration of democracy and full respect of human rights.”

The UN hoped efforts by nations to assist Burma during the aftemath of a destructive cyclone at least would have been recognized by the junta, but they apparently were sending a message to the world that despite this assistance they wanted everyone to know who was in charge and that no changes were forthcoming relating to democracy.

There now is no doubt changes will not occur in Myanmar as long as the thugs who run it continue their power over a helpless people.

UN Chief Tries To Pressure Burma Junta

The had of the UN arrived in Burma today in an attempt to persuade the miliary junta to do something to assist over a million people who have been devastated by the cyclone which hit th eir nation. it took two weeks for General Than Shwe to even visit refugees and even then, it was a quick visit, and then back home. The military junta which spends hundreds of millions on military equipment has only allocated $4.3 million for cyclone relief!! It is still not even clear if UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, will be allowed to meet with government leaders who appear unfazed and uninterested in a catastrophe to their nation. Their greatest interest during the aftermath of the cyclone was in passing a referendum which gave them legal power to continue their brutal policies in Myanmar.

Latest reports indicate the cycone left 133,650 people either ded or missing and over a million displaced. The Myanmar government continues to impede relief efforts and literally takes it time in doing anything that might assist their own people. UN humanitarian affairs chief, John Holmes, hopes to be “granted an audience” with the junta.

Unfortunately, there is scant evidence of any desire on the part of the military junta to cooperate with outside sources. They prefer seeing their own people die than acknowledge the need for foreign assistance.

World Frustration With Burma Leaders

The frustration felt in many nations throughout the world is certainly not at the level of that shared by the Burmese people who have witnessed their “leaders” display a callous and cyncal approach to the need for relief. The toll of dead is above 130,000 while Myanmar’s generals celebrate their great “victory” in securing passage of a constitutional referendum on a new constitution. President Bush has imposed sanctions on Burma while Prime Minister Gordon Brown denounced the “inhuman treatment” of the Burmese people. “We have an intolerable situation created by a natural disaster. It is being made into a man-made catastrophe by the negligence, the neglect and the in human treatment of the Burmese people by a regime that is failing to act and to allow the international community to do what it wants o do.”

The military junta did fly some diplomats into a model camp that was set up for refugees, but it contiues blocking aid workers or journalists into the region most impacted by the cyclone. Navy shps from France and the United States are off the coast of Burma, but unable to land. Survivors say the military is pushing them out of refuge in monasteries. Some voices like that of Desmond Tutu are talking about the UN using force to get supplies to those in need. Id this an example of a justifiable use of force by the UN?

General Than Shwe-Modern Hitler?

To the world he is a classic paranoid dictator, to his victims, a sadistic tyrant, and to himself a hero in the fight to prevent his nation from being controlled by foreigners. As thousands of his countrymen fought hunger and thirst and the devastation caused by the cyclone, Geneeral Shwe ordered his military to concentrate their energy making certain starving people voted in his referendum to sanctify a new constitution which enshrines the military in power. Although his nation is facing incredible poverty, he threw a milti-million dollar wedding for his daughter in which the bride was bedecked with jewels as the guests drank their way through an ocean of champagne.

This two bit dictator began his career as a humble postal clerk and then entered the army where he worked himself up to the pinnacle of power. He has an abhorent fear of foreigners and believe they are plotting to rid him of power and gain control of his nation. Thousands of students, monks and other dissidents have been beaten or killed along his path to power. In the Burma which he renamed, Myanmar, minorities are violently subdued, villages destroyed, children kiidnapped and forced into labor as virtual slaves or made to serve in the army, and women are raped.

Than Shwe is a cold and calculating dictator who insists on complete control and will not tolerate any opposition to his ideas. Unfortunately, the nations of southeast Asia and India and China support the petty tyrant because he allows them to exploit the wealth of his nation. Until the outside world takes action, Than Shwe will enjoy his power while the Burmese people suffer.

Myanamr Aid Still Blocked By Military Junta

A cyclone has killed over 100,000 people in their nation and left over one million displaced but the military junta which has ruled Myanmar with an iron fist for forty years is in a state of happiness because their new constitution received 92.4% of the vote. As the generals focused on getting out the vote, the UN was begging it for permission to fly in needed help. The U.N. World Food Program estimates it will have to rush in 390 tons of food every day to reach the 750,000 victims but as of this date, only 300 tons have been allowed to enter. The UN is further hampered because the junta insists only Burmese can be working on disaster relief despite the reality the nation lacks trained personnel and equipment to handle such a vast undertaking.

So far, only 40 visas have been issued to UN staff and another 46 to nongovernment personnel. This is far too few to confront the complex program of bringing aid to the refugees. There are reports Burmese soldiers are taking supplies and storing them away rather than distributing food and water to the refugees. Human Rights Watch has reports the military is taking high-protein biscuits for themselves and distributing low-quality ones.

Many years ago George Orwell worked in Burma. I suspect if he was alive today, the book 1984 would be cast in Burma.

UN Begs Burma Leaders To Accept Help

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon pleaded with the military junta of Burma to please allow aid workers and supplies into their country in order to help those still suffering almost two weeks after a devastating cyclone hit the nation. “We urge the(Burmese) authorities to make a radical change in this area to allow international staff into the affected area to do the job that they are there to do.” The UN leader said the magnitude of the situation “requires much more mobilization of resources and aid workers.” The junta has agreed to accept some aid from its immediate neighbors of Thailand, Bangladesh, India and China who will be allowed to send in 160 humanitarian workers.

The secretary general has made repeated attempts to speak with General Than Shwe, who leads the military junta but he refuses to have any contact with the UN, let alone any foreigners who he regards as a threat to his power. At least 38,000 are dead and 27,000 are still missing but UN officials believe the tota will surpass the 100,000 figure.

The main concern of the military junta during the past few weeks has not been cyclone victims so much as ensuring their new constitution was passed by the people of Burma. Myanmar authorities confirm the constitution did pass by a winning margin of 92.4%. At least there is one thing the thugs who run Burma are good at– forcing people to vote for their constitution.