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Friday, December 03, 2010

Myanmar - schmyanmar

RNZ reporting the foreign ministry is now going back to "Burma" instead of using the pro-regime "Myanmar". Rather like the Cambodia/Kampuchea situation in the 70s and 80s where the old name survives the dictatorship's new name for the nation before it disappears into the history books.

Beehive website references to Myanmar in 2010 have all been to do with official delegations and agreements where the NZ govt and the Burmese regime have had dealings, but mostly the govt. has already been using Burma.As for Aung San Suu Kyi, her release from confinement at her lakeside villa underscores her ineffectiveness as any sort of resistance leader and is proof she is not a threat to the junta. If she was a real threat they would not have released her. She is a collaborationist figure and the regime need her to keep heading the official opposition (such as it is in a dictatorship) because it is the only way they can continue. It would be a disaster for the regime if she left the political scene because any other leader would be more militant - and would likely acheive a lot more than she has in the 20 or so years of her palacial detention. She does not have the inclination to confront them - that's why they keep her around.

3 Comments:

At 3/12/10 12:11 pm, Blogger Francisco Hernandez said...

Wow.

Epic fail Tim.

You've become like one of those kiwiblog sewer type commenters who blithly and arrogantly make confident predictions without leaving the comfort and safety of your armchair.

Do you know that someone besides Aung San Suu Kyi would do better?

Do you know that she's actually a collaborationist?

Do you know any of the things that you confidently assert?

Have you actually ever been in Burma?

Do you actually know the existing socio-economic and political realities on the ground there?

I don't normally comment on internet threads but the level of sheer ignorance and stupidy has roused me from my apathetic stupor.

I'm actually pretty disappointed in you. I expected better than unbacked and just plain ignorant ravings.

 
At 3/12/10 1:28 pm, Blogger Tim Selwyn said...

Francisco Hernandez:
20 years - no elections, no democracy. That's her track record, mate. Those are the facts. Reality is as long as she preaches co-operation with the regime then almost anyone would be a more effective leader than her.

 
At 3/12/10 8:08 pm, Blogger Wayne said...

Stuff her. She is just a ho.

 

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