Pro-Democracy Crushed in Myanmar and the Chinese Do Nothing…

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Protesters continued to wave the peacock flag of the crushed pro-democracy movement on a solitary march Saturday through the bloody streets of Myanmar‘s largest city. Many dissidents said they are resigned to defeat without international intervention as regimes like China stood around and watch people being butchered in the streets – same as Kosovo, same as Rwanda, same as Iraq. 

A top U.N. envoy on Myanmar, Ibrahim Gambari, arrived in the country but many protesters said they were nonetheless seeing a repeat of the global reaction to a 1988 pro-democracy uprising, when the world stood by as protesters were gunned down in the streets. “Gambari is coming, but I don’t think it will make much of a difference,” said one hotel worker, “We have to find a solution ourselves.” A young woman who took part in the massive demonstrations said she didn’t think “we have any more hope to win.” She was separated from her boyfriend when police broke up the protest by firing into crowds.

Demonstrations began last month as a result of the crumbling economy in Myanmar, as people angry over massive fuel price hikes took to the streets — shortly afterward it ballooned into tens of thousands after monks began marching in protest. The Junta, who are oppressive militaristic rulers of Myanmar and closely tied to China, responded by shooting into a crowd of protesters that included monks and clubbing them with batons.

What is remarkable, is that China continues to back these criminals and has done nothing to interfere with the terror wrought on the protesters. Of course China’s reaction was predictable. After all, they did roll over the Chinese Democratic party with tanks in the Tiananmen Square Massacare in 1989. And don’t forget that Myanmar (Burma), is also resource rich, so why interfere? Let’s just let them beat the hell out of each other, then roll in and take over when the timing is right under the guise of liberation. Can anyone say Iraq? Funny how the drive for limited energy resources by developed nations is resulting in more and more of these nasty little skirmishes lately – don’t you think? 

But I digress…

Little more than lip service by the U.S., Russia, and China is being offered in order to restrain these thugs. The United States, which possesses limited leverage, froze any assets that Myanmar leaders may have in U.S. financial institutions and prohibited American citizens from doing business with them. The United Nations has resorted to the usual ineffective attempts at reconciliation that never really seem to fly. So the U.S. and others have turned a hopeful eye toward our ‘friends’ China. When they’re not busy poisoning our kids with lead paint, their busy poisoning Myanmar’s kids with lead paint, as they too are Myanmar’s biggest trading partner. 

However, China does not seem prepared to go beyond words in their dealings with the Junta, ruling out sanctions as they jostle for a chance to get at Myanmar’s bountiful and largely untapped natural resources, especially its oil. Can’t offend a friend I suppose. Human rights will have to be the bridesmaid yet again. Some Chinese academics and diplomats say the international community may be overestimating what Beijing can do. “I actually don’t think China can influence Myanmar (Burma) at all except through diplomacy. China’s influence is not at all decisive,” said Peking University Southeast Asia expert Liang Yingming.

Really? I have a few ideas to offer.

Key backers of this group of murders in Myanmar, particualrly China, must pay a cost for the blood they will have on their hands. Women were killed, the young, the old, children, monks were beaten are now holed up behind barbed wire – someone must answer…I say start with China. Specific businesses and their management should be targeted with sanctions as well as the Chinese government for the role they have played in furthering the interests of the Junta, in the name of oil and profit. China should be questioned and brought to bare before the world why they have backed these butchers for years. Name must be named, and the dead must be avenged. The U.S. must act and empower the U.N. as well, to impose sanctions against the junta and China if need be. If the Chinese people really back human rights, they should boycott these Chinese companies as well. There’s an old American saying folks – put your money where your mouth is.

Bush himself, lacks the credibility, intelligence, nerve or grammar to take on this regime and its backers in the world’s eyes, so we must rely on Congress to act so credible damage might be done to the reputations of China and the Chinese companies that do business in both Myanmar (Burma), and the U.S. Congress, along with the U.N. , should impose immediate sanctions on Chinese firms, while going after some of the illegal drug money that the Junta uses to finance these murder sprees. 

Maybe pull a Ronald Reagan.

Train and equip rebellious groups operating within Burma and along its border areas.  These groups are not exactly the proverbial good-guys, (given their history of drug trafficking), however some of them represent ethnic groups that have faced murderous behavior from the Junta that amounts to little more than ethnic cleansing – much like this last week. They could be a valuable ally in this struggle. If China wants to support the Junta, then it will have to accept the consequences of such support as well as running the risk of destabilizing all of Southeast Asia. Let’s see if they like that shit sandwich?

In my opinion, the time is now to finally send a message to China – you cannot simply do what you please whenever you please (or not in this case) without stiff consequences from the rest of the non-communist, non-dictatorial, non-civil rights violating, non-murdering, countries in the world. For the sake of the human condition, our government must take a stand on this situation. I urge Nancy Pelosi (who is cool at best on China) and the rest of the Democrats to act on a resolution that will put these policies into motion. There is no reason why we should tolerate this type of behavior in the name of failed globalistic economic ideals. At some point, the sanctity of human life must supersede the garnering of oil on the totem pole of foreign policy. 

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Posted on September 30, 2007, in Abuse of Power, George Bush, Globalism, Human Rights, Law, Military, Politics, Protests and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. THE BURMA SOLUTION: PROTESTORS HAVE TO MARCH FROM THE TOWN CENTER TO THE DELVILS HOUSE AND SURROUND IT UNTIL THE DELVIL SURRENDER.

  2. Help for a free Burma. Join for worldwide blogging action on Oct. 4th. We are from Switzerland and most European countries we will set a signal.
    Check out http://www.free-burma.org/

  3. Thanks for your suggestion of the solution. Of course, we want to do it. We know people power. We have studied strategic means of a non-violent struggle. However, what we face with on the streets is the troops with heavy arms. The regime has had so many experiences during 45 years that it knows well how to brainwash soldiers to view civilians as enemies.
    The best way is a nationwide general strike of all sorts of people to stop government’s functions. The plan B is directly concerned with soldiers who refuse to obey to shoot the protesters. And importantly, we need international united pressure on the Burmese junta, especially from China. It is likely to happen because the nearer the 2008 Olympic gets, the more concern of the Chinese government is growing for regional stability and its domestic human rights problems that may lead to boycott.
    We are determined to continue our struggle with available non-violent ways. I welcome more of your cooperation.

  4. The Chinese base much of their foreign policy on deflecting criticism of their atrocious domestic policies in the name of sovereignty. Don’t expect much, especially when folks have resources.

  5. lasjp

    Civil disobedience is key. My suggestions were tailored toward international pressure. What can people outside of Myanmar do to pressure the junta? Pressure from within and the outside would crush the junta like a vise. A two pronged approach.

  6. MJ "revoltingpawn"

    I agree with the ideas in your post to put pressure on the Chinese government but only one problem…

    This current administration will not do anything directly against Beijing. China should be kicked out of WTO if we really want to hurt them but where would we get the cheap goods for our consumption? We could use our military to help the people of Myanmar who want Democracy but we rather use it to impose Democracy in Iraq. Hell the people of Darfur are still waiting for military help from us. The only sanctions will be against the Junta regime itself and China will just secretly send aid to them to counteract.

    The foul smell of hypocrisy really lingers over all of this. Did not China fund our illegal war in Iraq? We ourselves will sell military weapons to any two-bit dictator who allows access to their resources for our greedy corporations. Maybe America should look at it’s self along side China?

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