Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Buffalohair: Burma’s Mixed Signal
Burma’s Mixed Signal
Renowned journalist and founder of the National League for Democracy U Win Tin released from infamous Insein Prison after 19 years of false imprisonment. Also included in this surprising act of humanity were NLA dignitaries Dau May Win Maung, Aung Soe Myint, U Aye Thin as well as 9,000 other prisoners. Obviously not included on this list was Aung San Suu Kyi.
In contrast, Saw Myint Than, chief reporter for Rangoon based “Flowers News” has been transferred to Insein Prison. It is believed by fellow journalists Saw was originally detained for publicly reveling details about his treatment by authorities in an earlier detention. Knowing how the Than Shwe regime operates makes me wonder what the true intention of this mass release is actually all about. The fact Aung San Suu Kyi was not one of the freed dignitaries of the NLA sends a mixed message about the true motive behind this mass release. Are they going to be assassinated by some “unknown gunman” whence they hit the streets? This would afford Than Shwe distance from the killings as his hit men whacked Burma’s hero’s while keeping his hands clean in the eye’s of the international community.
It is obvious Than Shwe is trying to appear legitimate in an effort to give the major corporations invested in Burma a white wash, including America’s Chevron Oil. But actions speak louder than words as Burma’s military continues their assault on the internet by hacking web sites of newspapers. Irrawaddy and other fellow news sites have been under constant assault in recent weeks as Than’s goon’s try to hack and destroy freedoms voice over the internet. Sadly Malaysia has begun its campaign of censorship and imprisonment as journalists get silenced and imprisoned. Than Shwe’s cancer has poisoned Thailand’s political arena since past and present cronies, Thaksin, Somak and now People Power Party Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat have destroyed true democracy and plunged Thailand into political chaos.
Why wasn’t Aung San Suu Kyi released from bondage? Karen, Mon and other tribal people are are still being systematically murdered raped and displaced. In the northern regions children are dying from disease and starvation. Victims of Cyclone Hargis are still suffering with little relief or assistance in sight. The war on journalists and free speech continues. And here sits the free world, impotent and showing the face of a coward. Though Than Shwe’s internet assault silenced some of the freedom fighters of the internet, this vomitous dictator has not silenced all of us. Yet the world looks on with ambivalence or helplessness. It’s more about convenience since so many nations still have financial interests in Burma. Yup, it’s all about the money Paisan, It’s all about the money. The cancer of corporatism has polluted the waters of democracy world wide. The free world looked to America for assistance and we let them down, it’s as simple as that. From Burma to Darfur students of true democracy have been stunned by “Western Style Democracy”, it’s coddling of corruption and total disregard for the people in favor of corporate interests.
When I read the definition of democracy it was plain as the nose on my face, true democracy does not exist, anymore. Corporatism and the New World Order have risen from the ashes of a free world. One day the world will be united under one flag; it will be the flag of death. Tyranny will reign where freedom once did. But just remember, Ma Earth will have the last say. Bada Bing, Bada Bang, Bada Boom.
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