Getting tough on MyanmarBurma

After years of US coddling the militant military government of Burma (hey, they used to be anti-commie and if you were sufficiently anti-commie you could torture cats* and grandmothers with US backing), SOMEONE in the Bush administration is finally speaking out against the torture and the oppressive nature of the generals who run the country formerly known as Burma.

The catch is, the administration official out front on this issue is Laura Bush, not the President. I applaud Ms. Bush’s speaking out against torture, asking the UN to take action, and hinting that the US is ready to take steps as well, if Burma’s government does not back down.

I’m glad that at least ONE Bush seems to display a moral center. If the Bush regime had earlier condemned and taken action against other repressive leaders and totalitarian governments before, during and after the mission creep known as the Iraqi conflict,  the ‘we’re attempting to help the people of Iraq’ answer on the spinning wheel of why we are in Iraq would have had a lot more resonance.

Kudos to someone for finally speaking out loudly in this (or any administration) about the horror that government in Burma. Thanks to the BBC, I understand that using the name Burma is a subtle linguistic slap at the military junta running the joint (they’re the ones who changed the name to Myanmar). Burma it is…

*I am not implying that Bill Frist is, or has ever been, a communist.

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3 responses to “Getting tough on MyanmarBurma

  1. Pingback: Volunteer Voters » That’s Right, He Said Burma

  2. Hey, Bush singled it out (and announced various non-force coercive measures toward it) in his address to the UN, didn’t he?

  3. Lee

    The problem is that, like N Korea, China and her UN veto have Burma/Myanmar’s back.

    Any sanctions that the west imposes will simply be compensated by China, and since the Burmese gov’t, while being horribly repressive, bad people, etc., are not currently seeking a nuclear bomb, there is no real reason for China to use their influence on them.

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