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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

The truth will out, but . . .

Posted two hours ago, an eyewitness account giving a play-by-play of the anti-junta / pro-democracy protests: Time: Exclusive: Monks vs. Police in Burma.

"With foreign journalists locked out of the country by Burma's military government, this dispatch was written by TIME staff based on eyewitness reports."

Despite the crackdown on journalists, word is getting out. How much this will matter remains to be seen. See CBS:  History Repeats Itself In Burma.

Posted by Kevin Steel on September 26, 2007 in International Affairs | Permalink


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Several monks have already been killed, others arrested.This may be Tianenman Square all over again with similar results because the goons than run Burma could care less about world opinion - and China is their best customer for their raw resources such as timber.

Anyone think China will scold these goons? Of course not! They admire them for acting like they themselves did in 1989.

Posted by: obc | 2007-09-26 4:33:41 PM

Breaking News!

"As Burmese troops open fire at monks, China
and Russia block global sanctions"

New York/Bangkok - Burma's military rulers were facing calls from around the world last night to show restraint in their treatment of pro-democracy demonstrators, but China and Russia blocked more punitive measures. After troops in Rangoon opened fire on monks and their supporters on the bloodiest day of the week-long protests, the UN security council held an emergency session - any suggestion of global sanctions against the Burmese regime was blocked by China and Russia.

CHINA & Russia are the two biggest continuing examples of why the UN is a worthless organization for solving any political problems. We should have formed a UN of free democracies only.

Posted by: obc | 2007-09-27 6:22:09 AM

But this criminality is gone from Iraq, thanks to George W.Bush:

"19,000 militants killed in Iraq since '03"

USA Today, by Jim Michaels

More than 19,000 militants have been killed in fighting with coalition forces since the insurgency began more than four years ago, according to military statistics released for the first time. The statistics show that 4,882 militants were killed in clashes with coalition forces this year, a 25% increase over all of last year. The increase in enemy deaths this year reflects more aggressive tactics adopted by American forces and an additional 30,000 U.S. troops

IT WOULD BE interesting to know how many of them are foreign Islamofascists that we won't now have to meet on another battlefield, say like, downtown Chicago, L.A. or NYC.

19000 insurgents versus about 3000 US casualties?
That's better than a six-to-one ratio! Just think what that would be if the US military was not being so careful about civilian casualties!

Posted by: obc | 2007-09-27 6:36:02 AM

and for the latest:

"Report: Japanese national killed in protest in Myanmar

Several people, including a Japanese national, have been found dead following protests in Myanmar, Japanese officials said Thursday, citing the Myanmar officials.

Japanese Embassy officials in Yangon were told by Myanmar's Foreign Ministry that one of the several people found dead following protests Thursday was believed to be a Japanese national, a Japanese Foreign Ministry official said on customary condition of anonymity.

Posted by: obc | 2007-09-27 8:10:42 AM

...you know, 4,882/year may be true and I don't want to play the devil's advocate, but I never trusted enemy kill numbers since Vietnam.

19,000 militants is a lot of corpses to deal with let alone averaging thirteen/fourteen killed per day to have 4,882/year numbers.

Like I said, while it may be true, the math astounds me.

Posted by: tomax7 | 2007-09-27 10:08:42 PM

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