Democracy Now! on Burma

From various reports over the last few days, in chronological order:

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007
Burmese Protesters Defy Military Warning to Continue Marches Against Ruling Junta

Thursday, September 27th, 2007
Burma Military Junta Cracks Down on Protesters; 8 People Killed, Hundreds of Monks Rounded Up

Friday, September 28th, 2007
More Dead in Burma as Troops Fire on Defiant Anti-Government Protesters

And one from IPS: RIGHTS-BURMA: Soldiers Fire Into Crowds, Regain Rangoon Streets

It's particularly rich to see Bush, and many others, clucking their tongues over Burma. Yes, obviously, what is going on there is hideous. That's not the point I'm making. The point is the hypocrisy required by people who are slaughtering thousands upon thousands in Iraq, and who are planning on bombing Iran. That doesn't get much notice, does it?

As Chomsky and Herman pointed out long ago (and followed up with much more detail here and here), some bloodbaths are more worthy than others. Guess what the distinctive criterion is?


  1. Thank you for helping. FREE Burma!!!

    Bush slammed the UN and the rulers of Myanmar in his UN speech last week. The only country that has any influence over Myanmar is China, and they can't and won't push too hard. There is too much Oil & Gas there that they need.

    The UN must do something, but they never use military force to fight.
    That is a huge problem.

    Illegal drug and ruby fortunes are a BIG part of this too.

    absurd thought -
    God of the Universe wants
    complete narco states

    criminals in power
    loving the corrupt drug war

    absurd thought -
    God of the Universe says
    shoot peaceful protesters

    calling for democracy
    which you must never allow

    absurd thought -
    God of the Universe thinks
    keep trying communism

    you can never KILL too much
    pursuing Utopia...



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