fredag, september 28, 2007


The situation in Burma have turned and the development looks very much like in 1988 when the last great uprising against the oppressive regime took place.

If the protests will be succesful seems very much dependant on another dictatorship, namely China. They have earlier said that they do not want to interfer in another countries internal affairs. This is rhetorical bullshit (pardon the language)!
It has more to do with the fact that it is one dictatorship judging another and its governments handling with seemingly peaceful demonstrations.

The leadership in China and their criticizm could be regarded as somewhat less trustworthy, to say the least.
How can the Chines leadership accuse anyone of using violence in trying to stop these demonstrations when they themselves withouth hesitation killed young students and others who tried to express their discontent with the regime in the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989?
This is however only in the perspective of the last fifteen years of development. We all know that Chinese leaders have more blood on their hands, not least during the years under Mao Zedong and his unsurpassed cruel and violent rule.
This is also probably the one reason why China have stayed out of this conflict: They all to well understand and sympathize with the Burmese leadership and their way of dealing with these demonstrators.

Other countries in the free world are also compromised as most of them abandoned both the Chinese and the Burmese people during the times when they needed the support more than ever (1988 and 1989).

I hope this dictatorship will fall and that the people get a chance to elect leaders in public democratic elections. However at this moment it does not seem to be the most probable development in Burma.

Maybe the importance of Buddhism in the country combined with the fact that the regime have started to use violence against the monks, will lead to a stronger support both within and outside Burma. Perhaps in other countries where Buddhism is predominant there will emerge a strong counter reaction?

Will some of the soliders in the end revolt, feeling that they are violating the most sacred parts of the Buddhist thinking when they assault and kill the monks? Well, it does not seem as if they respect the monks at all, not at least at this stage.

Desmond Tutu today talked from Göteborg Bookfair, giving his full support to the monks and those people striving for democracy.

(Picture map Burma copied from:

(Photo Desmond Tutu copied from:

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