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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Foreign-aided rebels tried to destroy the hard-won independence and take over the country, in proxy for their foreign masters, who had exploited Burma's wealth and people for more than a century before—by armed might to a point. This was when the democratically elected government of Burma led by then Prime Minister U Nu was called only the “Rangoon Government,” because the KNLA was at Kha-Wei-Gyan, only seven miles from Rangoon City Hall in 1950, to take over the country for themselves. However, the truth prevailed and Burma remained independent, until today, though under a military tyranny making a hell of a life for those suffering in the country and on the border areas. Today, the international community led by the US, EU and others, are still watching what's going on in Burma with folded arms, throwing crumbs to those suffering today, who they had helped decades ago when they were serving their purposes.

Don't make a big deal out of nothing, people! These people languishing in camps along the Burma-Thailand borders are suffering because of the policies of both old and new imperialists who care only for their own means and ends without actually giving consideration to ordinary suffering folks worldwide nowadays—not only on the Burma-Thailand border. People in Zimbabwe, Sudan, Tibet, Burma and many others are suffering because of the international community calculating for their own gain, in place of opting to do what is right and relevant today. The UN also has no credibility given the “big powers” wielding their vetoes. As long as the international community, led by the big powers, are reluctant to do something substantial about the prevailing situation at hand, then the people languishing on the Burma-Thailand border and elsewhere are in for a never-ending hell of a time, no doubt about that.

Writing stories holds no water, particularly in Burma's case. The only truth and relevant answer to Burma's problem is by dislodging military rule in Burma and that needs the international community help, to say the least. There will be many millions of stories to tell and write, fodder and ammunition for those living by the pen as they say, as long as the military tyranny in Burma continues to exist, remains in place and flourished as it does today, no thanks to the UN or other democracies led by the US, EU and, in particular, Great Britain, which made a lot out of Burma, during its century rule.

George Than Setkyar Heine

Friday, February 6, 2009

Living in the Dark Ages

Regarding the article, "Burmese PM’s Daughter Camera Shy on Her Wedding Day" [February 5, 2009; URL: ttp://www2.irrawaddy.com/article.php?art_id=15067]:

The outrageous excesses, massive human rights transgressions and the violence committed on a daily basis on its own people by this junta, supported implacably by the smiling Chinese government (and all governments and individuals who do business in Burma), is medieval in all human aspects. It is essential that all good people in the world collectively say "No," and speak up now, for all these places including Tibet, Darfur, East Turkestan and Zimbabwe, as we need every ounce of energy to prevent a major human catastrophe. What century are these archaic people—thugs in every respect—living in? Their quiet and calculating supporters are the worst.

Kerry Wright

Check Your Rakhine History

Regarding the article, "Rohingya Face More Hardships at Home, Abroad" [February 2, 2009; URL: http://www2.irrawaddy.com/article.php?art_id=15046]:

A Rakhine historian cannot judge the faith of the Rohingya. The so-called historians, who have their degrees, masters and doctorates under the guidelines of the Burmese junta, cannot claim to be perfect historians. They should study more classes in or outside Burma.

Aung Zaw Oo

No to Zionism

Regarding the article, "Malaysian Muslims to Boycott Coca-Cola" [January 7, 2009; URL: http://www2.irrawaddy.com/article.php?art_id=14883]:
As a Muslim, I congratulate your activist stance against Israel.


Gambari's Lip Service

Regarding the article, "A Failed Mission" [February 4, 2009;
URL: http://www2.irrawaddy.com/article.php?art_id=15058]:
What do you expect from the Nigerian ambassador? You try not to solve your own affairs, but hope that a Nigerian god will solve a century-long problem.

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