The Burmese junta is one of the nastiest governments on the world.
Down there with Mugabe and King Jong Il it has conducted the impoverishment and oppression of an ancient and dignified culture.
From having been the wealthiest country in Asia upon gaining independence in 1948, the dictatorship that seized power in 1962 has pursued a catastrophic economic mismanagement of the country. For example, replacing all the kyat notes divisible by ten with notes only divisible by nine- a more"auspicious" number, then moving the capital from Rangoon to an isolated clearing in the jungle called Naypyidaw.
In 1988 the Burmese people rebelled, and chose Aung San Suu Kyi as their leader in free elections. However the kooks in the regime are also utterly ruthless, and massacres of thousands took place before the revolution was stilled and the cruel, corrupt and rapacious tyranny was resumed.
Now, once again, the Burmese are openly struggling for their rights and defying the junta. Rumours abound that more massacres are planned.
When I was a teenager I first became involved in the struggle for Baltic freedom. At the time it seemed an impossible cause, yet miracles happened, and largely peacefully the USSR disintegrated and Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania gained their freedom.
I dare to hope that Burma too will achieve her freedom. As the peaceful demonstrations grow across the country, is it too much to ask that the UK will join the United States in isolating the vile regime and lend practical support to the protesters?
The time has come to condemn the junta and stand up for the human rights of the Burmese that have been crushed for so long under a capricious and cruel regime.
Support the Saffron Revolution! Isolate the Junta!