Patrick Brown: Aung San Suu Kyi and the two faces of Burma
Former CBC correspondent Patrick Brown has reported from world capitals and dusty backwaters for over 30 years, with a particular emphasis on Asia, having been based at different times in Bangkok, Delhi and, most recently, Beijing.
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#1 Jan 7, 2013
The problem with Western journalists like Patrick Brown is their very shallow knowledge of Burmese history.
He wrote:" Dissatisfied with the Japanese occupation, he switched sides and eventual led Burma to independence before being assassinated in 1947."
Burma got independence on 4th January 1948. Aung San was assassinated on 19 July 1947 by English sympathisers of the Karens who fought on the side of the English aganist the Japanese, before Burma got independence. Get your facts right!
Patrick Brown, you don't know much. Look up " Who Killed aung San?". Just google it. there are several articles and analyses.
By the way why must Burma keep the promise to the so-called ethnic minorities of the departing coloniser? So illogical. Burma was a unitary kingdom until it was colonised by the English, with the help of the Scots,Welsh and others including Indian soldiers. But the bosses were English.
The well-meaning Burmese students got it completely wrong in wanting to suck up to the dictate of the departed coloniser. They were young and did not understand real politik or historical legacies. They think selectively, not objectively.They feel holier than thou in bashing the majority bamars - quit stupidly. They did not understand that the vile Clement Attlee, aged 64, duped baby Aung San, aged 32 (exactly half Attlee's age)into signing the evil Panglong agreement, the timebomb that explosed in the face of Burma even beofre independence. Get it? Thakin BaSein refused toi signed the agreement. aung San was gullible. But he acted in good faith; it was a mistake. However, no one can blame Aung San. Attlee should never have encouraged that poorly constructed and very dangerous agreement, that became the bible of the Burmar holier-than-thou ignoramouses. The Burmese army was abused by Fargaung Shu-Maung. It is the command structure of the army that he used to rob the Burmese people and to oppress them for 26 years.
A new noble army will emerge. Just wait! Nothing to do with traitor SuuKtyi Aris. Get it? She is no leader in waiting. Rubbish housewife, witha third class degree. A usurper and opportunist, without any principles. People keep asking what she stands for? ANSWER: for herself! As simple as that.
To obey the dictate of the departed coloniser is in essence treason. Get it?
there are 135 tribes in Burma. If the principle of autonomy is to be applied, then there must be 135 states. So there can be no such thing as Kayin, Kachin or Chin state. The idea of federalism is very stupid. What should happen is to adopt the English system of counties, with local governments.
Historically, all people of Burma, regardless of ethnicity, never fought one another although some Shans did use Kayins (Karens, who are honest, simple and trustworthy) as slaves. Historical fact. In the kingdom of Burma people were free to go where they liked; the society was like a kleidoscope; tribes selling their produces in markets without any hinderences. The dynastic struggles were never about ethnicity but about supremacy of one dynastuy over another. In any case, there were intermarriages between dynasties, as in Europe.
What do you think the film The King & I was all about?
Ignorant Western journalists should stop writing about Burma, because we will be on attack whether you like it or not. Stop exposing your ignorance and very limited knowledge of true Burmese history.
Burma must remain united as a unitary state, with absolute equality amongst the citizens, regardless of ethnicity; Panglong and Rohingyas are the fires left behind by the English coloniser. Rohingyas are not included as Burmese citizens.
#2 Jan 7, 2013
We call on all Burmese patriots to be brave and speak out against colonialism and expose the vilest colonial legacies. All brethrens of Burma must unite against the dangers of federalism. all for one and one for all must be the guiding philosophy.
This is 21st century. the days of colonialism are truly over - well at least in the conventional sense.
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