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FEER: 980507: Velvet Glove by Berti
RE: Velvet Glove by Bertil Lintner
Indeed, it will help us immensely. We should try to study how both of
them behave( i.e friends and enemies in power withinn the SPDC/SLORC
structure ) and what drives them.
To make it brief and short to the point, here goes. It is the "fear"
drives them how they behave and what they do today. Even within the
SPDC/SLORC structure ,as in any society, there are always this "the good
and the evil" parts. One can understand why the ordinary citizen of
Burma are in constant fear after the massacre in 1988. But, one would
fail to comprehend if one says that the "good" soldiers are subjected to
fear. But, it's true. They are fearful of the watchful eyes of the MIs
and the power of the sole ruler,Ne Win and the existing members of his
Brave men,women,the young and even the monks stood up against the
tyrants on 8.8.88. Even at the height of the 1988 crisis in Burma, the
majority of the armed forces chose to become the silent partner of the
dreadful indiscrimate killings of the unarmed school children, monks and
the ordinary citizen. The only noteable show of support to the popular
demand of democracy came only at the general election held in May 1990.
That's the level of fear that they were subjected to. They were not
prepared to stand between the people and the bully, then.
The present situations still show that this kind of anonymous support
from the armed forces is not good enough to bring about a genuine
So,I have this message to say. The sooner the "good" part of the armed
forces realised that it is time they overcome the fear they once had,
the better will be all for the whole country. Stop another massacre from
happening. It's your duty to stand on the side of the people. There is
no need of a self-destruct armed forces. You will be blended with the
people as one. People's choice can't be wrong. Have faith in the people.
Think of the future of the country. Above all, be brave.
Minn Kyaw Minn
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>Reply-To: Conference "reg.burma" <burmanet-l@xxxxxxxxxxx>
>Subject: Re: FEER: 980507: Velvet Glove by Bertil Lintner
>To: Recipients of burmanet-l <burmanet-l@xxxxxxxxxxx>
>Thanks Bertil, for a very thoughtful article. I believe we need to know
>about our friends and enemies in power within the SLORC/SPDC structure.
>more we know about them and what drives them, will help us formulate
>strategies to fight them. The only real hope we have, is for the SPDC
>destruct (the bad elements within it) and for the the good people (and
>we have many of them) to be prepared and to have the courage to take
>the time comes. We expats also have to be ready.
>Richard A. Myint
>Mountain View, CA
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