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Human Rights Activists Lose Faith in Burma’s Leader
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  • Anthony

    An election is always followed by the elation (and respect most times) of supporters, but, unfortunately, leaders are not iconic just human beings. Consequently, reality compels a reckoning – choices have to be made! Summarily, leaders disappoint as reality may collide with the best of hopes and intentions. Aug San Sun Kyi has constraints – other forces both shaping and limiting her human rights impulses. Such is the geopolitical reality.

  • Gene

    I have often marveled at (and sometimes been critical of) WRM’s heroic efforts to keep his language mild-mannered and polite as often as possible, but all is now forgiven. “Pudding-headed” is going into my rhetorical hall of fame. I’m going to steal it for my own purposes and I only hope I can be restrained enough to keep from using it more than once a week.

    • f1b0nacc1

      Really it is unfair though….an insult to pudding…

  • Disappeared4x

    Is it ‘deplorable’ when Buddhists kill Muslims for being the legacy of deadwhitemaleImperialists? Truly a postmodern brainpretzel!

    “…the rise of Jacksonian democracy in America once meant trouble for the Indians. …” denies relevant history in that Cherokees were allied with the French against the colonies during the French-Indian War, and Cherokees allied with the British during the American Revolutionary War. From Andrew Jackson’s perspective, the Cherokees would always be terrorist threats against Americans.

    Jefferson was the first President to call for the Cherokees to be moved west of the Mississippi River because of their unfortunate wartime alliances, and attacks on colonists.

    • Tom

      “Cherokees allied with the British during the American Revolutionary War. From Andrew Jackson’s perspective, the Cherokees would always be terrorist threats against Americans.”

      Jackson, however, had also seen the Cherokee ally with the Americans to fight the British-backed Creeks during the War of 1812. You might want to rethink that line of thought.

      • Disappeared4x

        Am always willing to rethink, but was solely trying to add nuance to Mr. Mead’s generalization “…the rise of Jacksonian democracy in America once meant trouble for the Indians. …”

  • Andrew Allison

    Excellent analysis, but might have been worth mentioning explicitly that preservation of democracy in Myanmar requires placating the military. As an aside, surely it’s clear that the paycheck and fat frequent-flyer are paramount to many in the “human rights” business.

  • LarryD

    “Burmese nationalists remember that the earlier immigration came when the British, having conquered Burma by force, allowed mass immigration by non-Burmese, mostly from British India. Resentment against this tide, which led, for example, to Burmese natives becoming a poor minority in their own capital, was and remains one of the chief unifying elements in Burmese nationalism.”

    Open boarder advocates, get a clue! Multi-ethnic states only work if the ethnicities share a common, supra-ethnic identity, which constrains ethnic rivalries. This can be religion, or a national identity not dependent on ethnic membership. Without it, you get, eventually, out-and-out inter-tribal warfare. That process only ends when each ethnic group has its own state. Getting there can involve ethnic-cleansing, genocide, ethnic territorial swaps, or ethnic population swaps.

    The British finished conquering Burma in 1885. The U.S. still has a chance to shut down the illegal immigration, and cope with the excessive immigrant levels. But Europe…

  • Libs are Excrement

    She’s an inspiration to the world. Now more than ever.
    Kill’em all … let their allah sort’em out.

  • Fat_Man

    “The human rights world has valuable contributions to make in our difficult times”

    Only as an example of what sensible men should avoid.

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