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Stop Killing Buddhist Monks

Posted in activism, Burma, Myanmar, Photography, protest, World News by Curtis on 9/30/07

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Stop Killing Buddhist Monks

A young child participates in New Delhi protests which aimed to compel the Indian government to act to prevent further bloodshed in neighboring Myanmar, where the military junta continues to brutally suppress the democratic opposition.


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  1. QB said, on 10/1/07 at 4:22 pm

    Indian or Chinese government has very close business relations with Burma. They will not interfere what they call it the internal affair of this country.

  2. raincoaster said, on 10/1/07 at 8:51 pm

    It’s a bit of a moral quandary for me when I see very young kids participating in marches and such. I mean, I desperately wanted to go, but my parents wouldn’t take me if they didn’t agree with the protest, which meant much of the time I was sitting at home; on the other hand, I’ve seen kids at protests who were really there because they wanted to be with their parents and please them, not because they understood or cared about the cause. It’s a real dilemma for me because I look at the kid and I don’t know if he’s there because he understands the issues or if he’s there because mom and dad said “we’re going to a protest, get your protesting clothes on.”

  3. Curtis said, on 10/2/07 at 11:27 am

    Yes, that’s a very good point. One hopes the concern is genuine and not coerced, because, at that point, it becomes sad and farcical.

  4. Curtis said, on 10/2/07 at 12:26 pm

    And you’re right, QB, there doesn’t seem to be much of a prospectus for external influence in this matter absent of absolute hardlining. But if this isn’t worthy of it, what is? Meanwhile, Bush has the gall to spew empty words and point fingers.

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  6. QB said, on 10/2/07 at 5:06 pm

    India and China are avoiding to get involved in conflicts with its neighbors which will be disaster for their economies and they are smart. The demonstrations died down already and the democracy is not coming to Burma, if they had the huge oil reserve Bush might have send some troops to bring democracy.

    Curtis, there is no democratic governments in that region, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Thailand, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrein, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Egypt…., you know what I am saying.

  7. Curtis said, on 10/3/07 at 11:48 am

    Yep . . . I do. And that is precisely my point, QB—obviously there is genuine concern for the fate of the Burmese people, and I think we have to recognize that there is viable middle ground between a so-called “free enterprise” democracy and a military dictatorship—but, at the end of the day, I am simply examining the situation in the context of U.S. foreign policy. And, as you state, there would be no significant fiscal gain for U.S. corporations in any sort of concrete intervention, so it is extremely unlikely to occur.

    While I can understand the economic problems with an intervention by the Indian government, I would appreciate its value as a challenge to U.S. hegemony in addition to its value in opposition to the Burmese régime.

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