Thursday, 27 September 2007

A Free Burma

Photo Courtesy of Reuters

Over the past few days, the world has finally seen that all isn’t well in Myanmar. As the monks march for freedom, the rest of us watch in shock and disbelief that such atrocities still exist. It’s 2007. We are in the new millennium, yet many still suffer. So many still have their rights to free speech, freedom of expression, and just the plain old right to say “the government sucks” deprived from them.

The Burma case is egregious and alarming. The junta has held a tight grip for years with the complicity of its ASEAN neighbors. The US cannot be blamed for this one. Sanctions have been placed for years and credit must be given to the Bush Administration who spoke out against the crackdown. But the US alone cannot put an end to this. ASEAN must step in and impose sanctions and support the protesters. Its time for ASEAN to step in and take care of its own business. This is happening in its own backyard. Are we willing to allow the mass murder of thousands of innocents? If no one rises up to fight for what is right, then we will all have blood on our hands, especially ASEAN.

I ask any of you who believe in the universal and unalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness to write an entry about the crimes committed by the junta.

Spread the word.

I support a Free Burma.

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Thanks to Bisean for introducing his link to Burma, a fellow blogger named Dawn.

Visit ko htike's blog to see what is happening in Yangon.


Sofia for BiSEAN said...

Oh my! Sweetie, you don't only have impeccable taste; you are also socially conscious. Very Bisean! :P

I really admire people like you. And I myself is becoming like my friends, y'know being conscious of our neighboring countries and all. AND I don't believe I'm writing this! Bah!!

Anyway, I came here to ask your name honey. All of the blog links in BISEAN is Pisanu's...except yours, bcoz honey, YOU'RE MINE! LOL. The one and only.

I'm Sofia, as you know already. What's yours? Email me if you don't wanna put it here sweetie.

Stay fab. Missoni is out this season, tell your friends don't fall for their stupid new collection. Toodle-loo!

Sofia for BiSEAN said...

Oh silly me...what I meant to ask was, is John your real name? LOL

I should've asked in French! Muah!

chase said...

yes!! a Free burma!!
those people have lost their respect to the revered monks.
sobra na sila.

John Halcyon von Rothschild said...

sofia- my name is John. Jean en francais n'est-ce pas? I am very honored to meet you and am glad to have found a blog like Bisean which espouses solidarity in Southeast Asia. Our region has long been neglected and marginalized. It's about time that it start to get the limelight.

I think Missoni is trying to target a different MOM. The clothes seem a bit more mature. Frida's doing a great job at Gucci. I just love the clothes. Very Chic. Everyone's going gaga over Miuccia's new collection, but I think very few people can actually pull those looks off. I just don't see it as wearable as Gucci. But the shoes are GORGEOUS.

Chase- I hope that this is the time when the citizens of Myanmar finally take back their country.

Streams of Consciousness said...

Asean nations, as well as the rest of the world are notorious in ignoring the sad plight of others, until it is too late. For example, how many Filipinos had to suffer and die under tyranny until the rest of the world raised hell? There are many other nations below the radar screen of the so-called "concerned" citizens of the world who are in desperate situations right now...but as usual, we have to wait till many more monks are persecuted...many more women and children die...many more candles of hope extinguish...until we raise hell. Yes, Burma should be free from tyranny and oppression, but let us also advocate for an Africa free from poverty ...Darfur free from genocide... children in Thailand free from exploitation... Iraqis free to pursue their own destiny...and may the rest of the more fortunate citizens of the world be free from ignorance and complacency over the plight of others, soon. Let us raise hell now..before it's too late again. Let us not be a century known only for making good obituaries.

John Halcyon von Rothschild said...

streams- it's a sad state of affairs. general apathy has spread throughout the world. no one cares so long as they are unaffected and their lives go on as normal. but so long as there are people who do "raise hell" and make sure others are aware. these inhumanities will not go unnoticed.

Q The Conqueror said...

Sigh. Poor Burmese. The soldiers carted off all the poor monks. For some reason, I think its what would have happened at EDSA if the troops didn't switch sides.

And all the other countries can do is put trade sanctions, as if it can save lives. They placed them on North Korea, but we see Kim Jong Il happy as ever, milking his people's starvation to the hilt knowing that despite sanctions, so that people will give him donations anyway.

*sigh* Good Luck Burma, at this point, only you guys can save yourselves. The rest of the us can just stand by and pray.

empress maruja said...

As long as Burma's military regime puts a tight grip on its citizens, that country will never be free despite pressure from other countries.

And I don't think Burma will be free through peaceful means.

John Halcyon von Rothschild said...

Q- the Philippine EDSA Revolution had different circumstances which are too many to enumerate here.

Empress- it looks like they clamped down again.

USpace said...

Thanks for helping! FREE Burma!!!

Bush slammed the UN and the rulers of Myanmar in his UN speech last week. The only country that has any influence over Myanmar is China, and they can't and won't push too hard. There is too much Oil & Gas there that they need.

The UN must do something, but they never use military force to fight.
That is a huge problem.

Illegal drug and ruby fortunes are a BIG part of this too.

absurd thought -
God of the Universe wants
complete narco states

criminals in power
loving the corrupt drug war

absurd thought -
God of the Universe says
shoot peaceful protesters

calling for democracy
which you must never allow

absurd thought -
God of the Universe thinks
keep trying communism

you can never KILL too much
pursuing Utopia...


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