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Aung San Suu Kyi is free, but is Burma free?
by Thanos Kalamidas
2010-11-14 08:36:29
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The Burmese military authorities have released the pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, from house arrest but is this the beginning of the end of a long term murderous regime, the excuse for harder measures or – like they have done before – a few days freedom before the next accusations and new imprisonment?

I’m sorry if I sound too cynic and especially the moment thousands of people celebrating her freedom but I cannot forget for example the great amnesty the Greek dictators gave to all the political prisoners back in 1972 and the only thing that changed and that in only a couple months, was the hardness and the ruthless of the dictators. Actually what followed this amnesty was much worst than the years before and after the military coup. The group that replaced the first dictators were absolutely murderous taking nothing in account and most of the people who “disappeared” mysteriously without leaving any traces or “suicide” surprisingly were during that second round of the Greek dictators than the first one.

Aung San Suu Kyi is free and there are people this moment partying all around the world but the question remains, is Burma free?

I’m sorry but thinking about the Burma’s dictators and the future of this poor country my mind runs to something a bit different. Aren’t Burma’s dictators equally dangerous, lethal and criminal as Saddam was n Iraq? Despite all the rumours regarding the WMD there was a decision in global agreement, the man should go and the international community had to do something about that even if that meant employing force. And they did use force, to my opinion extensive force. And one of the strongest arguments from the very beginning of the Iraq invasion – even before while the preparation - has been that Saddam must go away one way or another followed by the argument that even though nobody has found any WMD in Iraq the dictator should go. So what’s the difference between Iraq’s dictators with Burma’s dictators? I suppose it is exactly the same difference there was between the international reaction to the invasion to Kuwait from the Iraqis and the invasion to Cyprus from the Turks. Oil! As a dear friend often says, the rest is …food for thought and this is Lucullus size food!

So I’m asking again; Aung San Suu Kyi is free, but is Burma free?

Myanmar is one of the biggest drugs and flesh market in Asia with huge exports all around the world with the dictatorial regime pocketing in Swiss most likely banks billions of hard currency - dollars, Euros and Yuan according the latest G20 meeting – while they can play politics siding the communist China and finding a patron with the necessary power, influence and most of all position to influence international decision strong enough to keep the regime in action for more than fifty years. The last few years and thanks to internet and the general change of transmitting information we have all witness the ruthless of the regime seen unbelievable pictures and videos of violence. And of course these issues have often come to the Security Council and the UN but every single time China’s veto is enough to smooth the suctions and let Burma’s dictators continue their ‘work’ But if I remember well when similar sanctions laid upon Saddam’s Iraq and despite the Chinese and Russian arguments and vetoes the sanctions came into action and Saddam was removed with violence.

So with Aung San Suu Kyi is free what will change for Burma’s dilators and what stops them tomorrow when she will say something they don’t approve to the international media they will arrest her again and send her back to her house arrest for the next fifteen years something definitely ‘welcome’ for a woman on her sixty-five with known fragile health. But there is something worst this moment. Are all these happy supporters including governments, Prime Ministers and Presidents going to congratulate the just elected after a travesty election government – puppets of the military dictators and with Aung San Suu Kyi’s party not participating – for Aung San Suu Kyi freedom recognizing this government as the legal and legitimate representative of the country? Another piece food for thought.

And the question remains; Aung San Suu Kyi is free, but is Burma free?

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