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Response to MGG Pillai
- Subject: Response to MGG Pillai
- From: carol@xxxxxxx
- Date: Sun, 28 Jan 1996 03:23:00
An entire nation votes a military dictatorship out of office. That same
dictatorship, after harassing, exiling, jailing, torturing and even
murdering the victors, remains in power through brute force. Can this
so-called government not be labelled "outlaw"? Or would you prefer we call
SLORC "electorally challenged"?
Moreover, what you call "pointless raving," I call free speech, a right
which every person should exercise, even those who use big words like
"etymological." But if the conversation is too robust for you, please
remember that you do have alternatives: i.e., burmanews-l (a.k.a.
"Burmanet Lite: Half the Messages of Burmanet, and Half the Fun").
We are not throwing stones at SLORC. We are, to quote a much-admired
Burmanet subscriber, putting the outlaw government "between a rock and a
hard place." Many of us, perhaps most of us, believe this is the most
effective way to get the generals to talk with the democratic opposition --
the moral equivalent of putting a gun to their thick heads. But if you have
better ideas, we'd love to hear them.
With all due respect,
"Vox Populi Vox Dei"
>From: "M.G.G. Pillai" <PILLAI@xxxxxxxxx>
>Could you please tell me who has decided that SLORC is an "outlaw"
>government? Many Western and Asian countries have resident
>ambassadors in Burma, have dealings with SLORC, and behave with it as
>they do with Thailand or the Philippines.
> What I do see is a deliberate attempt to destabilise the
>government. Western diplomats in Burma give background briefings to
>the press there anonymously on events happenings in that country,
>those on this discussion group calls them "snoops and thieves",
>without understanding what these words mean or deliberate attempt to
>change etymological definitions.
> I want to see a change for the better in Burma. If you want to
>focus your attention on doing that, you have to do it in the way that
>the changes will take place. All I see now is some people sitting
>out in countries as far away from Burma as possible and throw stones.
> Let us get this discussion going on how this can be achieved,
>instead of the pointless ranting I get every time I inspect my
>> Date sent: 20 Jan 1996 14:14:32
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>> It is not irrelevant to conclude that SLORC are thieves and snoops. Nor is
>> it improper to blame SLORC for everything that is wrong in Burma today. Let
>> us not forget SLORC is an outlaw government. It has assumed total authority
>> over every aspect of life in Burma. Therefore, whether it wants to
>> acknowledge the responsibility which accompanies usurped authority, SLORC is
>> responsible. It is responsible for the reign of terror it has imposed. It is
>> responsible for the corruption which exists. It is responsible for all, since
>> its claims authority for all. It can only be relieved of this responsibility
>> when it transfer political power to the elected government. We do not have
>> to be nice to tyrants. We should only be honest.