Letters to the Editor — August, 2011
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Letters to the Editor — August, 2011

By THE IRRAWADDY Monday, August 29, 2011

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No need to come back Mr Gambari.


Danish ‘No’ to Sanctions is Right

Regarding the article, “Danish Minster Slams Burma Boycott, Sanctions” [August 11, 2008; URL: http://www2.irrawaddy.com/article.php?art_id=13825]:

I totally agree with her. The sanctions have been hurting the government and their cronies, but hurting the people even much more. Twenty years of such efforts have only made the people worse off and pushed Burma more toward China and some rouge countries. Even if people could overthrow the government now, the country's future is unthinkable. How can we have a government of the people, by the people, for the people, when the people are weak? The government is certainly not making people any stronger. Only with engagement from the international community at least economically, people will have hope to get out of the poverty and strengthen themselves. Otherwise, the situation will just call for another coup and the vicious cycle will never end. So, go Ulla!


Karen Betrayal

Regarding the article, “Htain Maung Agrees to Border Deal with Junta” [February 11, 2009; URL: http://www2.irrawaddy.com/article.php?art_id=15094]:

So long as the Karen and other ethnic groups in Burma are betraying their own people, the military regime will enjoy their life.

M. Haji

Junta Not Responsible for Rohingya Woes

Regarding the article, “Troop Movements Reported Along Bangladesh-Burma Border” [February 11, 2009; http://www2.irrawaddy.com/article.php?art_id=15096]:

I partly recommend the words of Ye Myint Aung, whether he is government staff or not, that many people mistakenly think that the Rohingya are a kind of Burmese. It is totally a mistake. Actually they are from Bangladesh. They illegally sneak into Burma from Bangladesh. Most of them cannot speak, write or read Burmese language. They are not Burmese nor do not have the right to be Burmese. The reason is most people see the junta as a bad government and they want to blame any bad thing on the regime baselessly.

Khine Mar Kyaw

Dramatic Changes Ahead

Regarding “Burma and Obama” [January 30, 2009;
URL: http://www2.irrawaddy.com/article.php?art_id=15008]:

This is a very good story. I really appreciated it. I’m looking forward to reading this kind of realistic and knowledgeable issue again and see the dramatic change in Myanmar [Burma]. Thank you!

Mg Mg Wa

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Gentleman Soldiers

Regarding the article, “The Battle of Insein Never Really Ended” [February 9, 2009; URL: http://www2.irrawaddy.com/article.php?art_id=15080]:

I miss that gentleman soldier of the Burma army. A rare specimen among the thugs. I heard a few of his episodes while playing golf in BGC and Maymyo. Perhaps [he’s] the only person in the tatmadaw who often recites and quotes Shakespeare. Even after I left the country, he would call me up from Singapore or run across in Washington. I would say he is apolitical soldier. It’s a pity he's getting on too much to lead.

Pe Nyun

Love Thy Rohingya Neighbor

Regarding the article, “Unwanted: Dead or Alive” [February 10, 2009;
URL: http://www2.irrawaddy.com/article.php?art_id=15082]:

It is a shame to have these innocent human beings labeled as Rohingyas and not as victims of political repression and religious discrimination. If only they were of a different religious denomination the corrupted regimes of these two countries would have a different outlook on this human tragedy. And as far as the UN Refugee networks are concerned, it is a geographical issue that needs to be solved by Burma and Thailand. The fair solution will be for Burma to accept the Rohingyas as their citizens as they were considered in the past when one of their leaders held a cabinet level position in Burma.

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