The military thugs who run Burma as their private kingdom of fear are trying something new this year– an election! Naturally, if one is going to allow people to vote the least you can do is ensure they vote for the correct candidate. After all, who wants an election in which the wrong candidates win? The National League for Democracy(NLD) whose leader, Aung San Suu Kyi has been under house arrest for daring to speak her mind in a nation which claims it allows freedom of speech–of course, that freedom is restricted to those who agree with the government, has been informed they can participate in the upcoming election if they expel their leader. After all, she IS a person who has been convicted of the crime of free speech.
The Nobel Prize winner has spent 14 of the last 20 years under house arrest and her recent conviction was simply a ploy to keep her away from voters during the election. Oh, in the last time there was a free election the NLD won the overwhelming majority of votes. This correspondent can guarantee he knows the outcome of this year’s election– at least 95% of votes cast will be for government candidates. Come to think about it, why bother with an election, just count the votes that you already have cast?