As the despotic regime in Burma continues to attempt to crush the drive for freedom with bloodshed, the dignity and bravery of the long oppressed Burmese continues to shine through.
I continue to believe that the junta should be isolated and that all practical measures to promote the cause of Burmese freedom should be undertaken. The fact that the Chinese government seems to be calling for restraint, is perhaps mildly optimistic.
The fact that Russia is supporting the tyrants should be noted and is contemptible.
An Op-Ed piece in The Times by Ben Macintyre caught my eye.
I think it is worth quoting the last two paragraphs:
"Two sets of beliefs are colliding today in Burma today. On one side the monks, devotees to an ancient creed, demanding democratic freedom and modern economic reform, and on the other a vicious modern military machine, adhering to a medieval code of prophecies, astral omens and superstitious symbolism.
You do not have to be clairvoyant to be able to predict which of these beliefs will triumph in the end."
As the aftermath of the bloody revenge of the despots continues and as blood is washed from the streets of Rangoon, our thoughts should be with the people who have already suffered enough, and our determination should be to use all the pressure that we can bring to bear to secure an end to this vile regime.