Monks In The Streets!

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They’re back, bless them!

More than 100 monks have marched in central Burma, the first time they have returned to the streets since last month’s bloody crackdown on protests.

The monks chanted and prayed as they marched through Pakokku, the site of an incident last month that triggered pro-democracy protests nationwide.

Witnesses at Wednesday’s march said the monks did not make any overt political statements but that the rally was clearly in defiance of the junta.

In the wake of the crackdown on protesters last month, public gatherings of monks in Burma have been banned and many monasteries remain deserted.

“Our demands are for lower commodity prices, national reconciliation and immediate release of [pro-democracy leader] Aung San Suu Kyi and all the political prisoners.”

In my opinion, we must now invade Burma.

It has become obvious that the theft of Congress’s balls, ovaries, spine,  guts, integrity, fortitude, and persistence can be traced directly to the Burmese Monks.

Despite the fact that thousands have quite possibly been beaten, tortured imprisoned and killed….they are back in the streets. An epic act of bravery and dedication to their cause.


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  2. we ought to be electing Burmese monks to Congress.

    Then those spineless cowards would have the guts to invade and remove this threat to ‘murika.

    • pfiore8 on October 31, 2007 at 7:24 pm

    bless them…

  3. Maybe the Dali Lama should visit and lead a protest!

  4. Shima Uta by Gackt and friends!

    • fatdave on November 1, 2007 at 5:05 am

    …, you cannot shoot,beat or torture faith and spirit from such people. I’m not a pious or humble man…not fit, you see? But I’d consider it the greatest honour to carry one such as these, to save his dear holy feet.

    • Tigana on November 1, 2007 at 9:37 am

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  5. that have been made against this movement, which I got when I posted a diary on Kos.

    Cynthia Boas, writing for Truthout, address this today in an article.

    She explains the situation

    In the past month, amid the flurry of reports and commentary in international media about the events in Burma, a disturbing theme has emerged among some media commentators. Ranging from the Asia Times and the South China Morning Post to a collection of skeptical Western bloggers, they make the claim that various Washington DC-based agencies and a few key political actors are actually pulling the strings in the Burmese uprising. The rationale behind this “foreign interference,” as it has been termed by both the Burmese and Chinese governments, has been given as (take your pick): interests in oil and/or gas reserves, heroin, methamphetamines, geopolitical advantage, and power projection by the United States. While I am among the first to question the motives of the American administration when it comes to foreign policy, I find these claims absurdly cynical to the point of being delusional.

      These statements, which amount to nothing more than conspiracy theories supported by a cherry-picking of mostly unrelated factoids about links between the NLD and US actors, are both irresponsible and potentially dangerous. In fact, when it comes to the mostly well-meaning leftist bloggers, these claims signal that those who should be most encouraged by mass displays of civilian resistance to tyranny may have bought into the propaganda of the Burmese junta and its backers in China. Thus, those who should know better (many of the progressive web sites who have reported on these ‘theories’) are actually doing the movement in Burma a great disservice by strengthening the hand of the junta there, and potentially undermining the momentum of the resistance.


    The first misconception in the conspiracy theories stems from the coincidence that in the Burma case, US foreign policy and the interests of the Burmese movement are the same on at least one point: Both entities would like to see an end to military rule in that country. This does not, however, constitute proof the Bush administration is behind the uprising. One of the key criteria for the success of broad-based nonviolent resistance is that it be indigenous. And if the thesis that nonviolent struggle was simply another method for the projection of US power, how do these conspiracy theorists explain the successes of broad-based civilian movements in places like Chile (where the US had supported Pinochet) and the Philippines (whose ousted dictator Marcos had been a close friend of Ronald Reagan)? Are these cases simply anomalies?

    Another misconception comes from a degree of ignorance about how nonviolent struggle works. To claim nonviolent protests of the scale we witnessed in late September in Burma can be manufactured abroad is to grossly overestimate the influence of US agents and agencies. How could US agencies organize broad-based protests and manage to get hundreds of thousands to maintain nonviolent discipline half a world away, while these same agencies have, for 50 years, been unable to remove the now 81-year-old, and reportedly invalid, Fidel Castro from his perch only 90 miles from the US border and with a population one-fifth the size of Burma’s? These kinds of claims show contempt for what the people of Burma are doing, which is to assert control of their own destiny. They have had enough of repression, fear and poverty. This is their struggle, and they deserve, like all people who are struggling for justice, respect for having sovereignty over their own lives and credit for their courage and sacrifice in the face of oppression.

    This is more than enough for a comment, but I thought I’d provide some fodder in case somebody happens to drop in here with one of those theories.

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