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Too Sad To Ignore, Burma Crisis

September 29, 2007

I repost this article from fellow blogger Wayne’s Dhamma Blog:

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The Book of Great Learning says:
“He who loses the (hearts of the) people loses the state.”

The Dao De Jing says:“Why threaten the people with death,

when they are no longer afraid of dying?”

The Junta government in Burma has oppressed its people for far too long. They have no qualms about plunging their own nation into an abyss of poverty and hopelessness, only to cling on to illegitimate power. Nothing has changed since the 1988 massacre of 3,000 over protesters, other than the mastermind of the violence – General Tan Shwe, another ruthless dictator. Like North Korean “Dear Leader” Kim Jong Il, he himself lives like a King while the rest of the country are going through hell trying to survive from day to day.

The Dao De Jing also says:“When the people no longer fear oppression,

then the great calamity (for the ruler) has arrived.”

How many must perish before someone steps in to stop the massacres?  Burma, Darfur and … the Middle East are crying for help.  Shame on the deaf ears of the world.

  1. May 13, 2008 8:34 am

    LooseCannon, I enjoyed your page. You are so right. There is a huge disconnect. Humans have lost their ability to connect the consequences of their actions with the state of the world today. Earth’s alarm clock is ringing and ringing, world governments are dozing … dreaming of money and power. World religions remain obsessed with who’s got god’s ear and how they can destroy each other in the name of their self-serving interpretations. And! Western countries are still focused on the best iPhone & celebrity scandal.
    Obama is the best hope for common sense, but we all know what happens to promising leaders. They are easy targets for the threatened status quo.
    I have added LooseCannon to my blogroll:)

  2. May 12, 2008 5:13 pm

    The national reaction to the Burmese tragedy has been subdued, not so much because we’ve been inured by Katrina and the Tsunami, but because their own government has has been stubbornly reluctant to accept our help, and since we’re in what feels like an economic pickle ourselves, we’re throwing up our collective hands at their irrational intransigence. We know in our heart of hearts that our predicament is a luxurious one next to what the Burmese are facing, but right now it’s hard to muster the energy to force help on a regime that stands between that help and those who desperately need it. Perhaps we need to double our resolve.

    Also, you’ve got to know that a President Obama would be figuring out ways to get aid in there, which would have the positive unintended consequence of repairing some of the massive damage done to America’s reputation by the Bush brutes. And Obama’d be paying for biscuits with money that’s now going for bullets in a war that advances the cause of absolutely nothing that an overwhelming majority of Americans stand for. (

  3. October 14, 2007 12:26 pm

    The US has a history of meddling and disrespect. US attention only means there is something desired by our corporations. Human capitol appears less important than monetary capitol. US has blind eyes to anything that is not marketable.

  4. September 30, 2007 2:23 am

    But……… I thought we werent supposed to use the military in today’s “modern society”! I thought we werent supposed to meddle in the affairs of another nation! Okay, while I take a minute to remove my tongue from the inside of my cheek, I will remind you that this very push for human rights was one of the reasons Iraq was invaded. Why did we move into Iraq? WMD’s (which might have been true, might not), getting Saddaam out of power (which was very true, and accomplished), ironing out the human rights issue of how women and political prisoners were treated (still being worked on). Now, if a baseball player has a .333 batting average at the end of the season, he is a strong candidate for the batting crown. If someone bats a .333 at the end of their political career, everyone calls them a bastard? Disconnect at it’s finest.

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