Burma Latest Target For America's Extortionate Demands
Myanmar Slated For Downfall
Citing its "abysmal human rights record" and its failure to cooperate in the war on drugs, the U.S. has imposed economic sanctions against Burma. President Clinton approved the sanctions on April 22. The measure is intended to bring pressure against and hasten the downfall of Burma's military government.
Congress approved the use of sanctions against Burma in 1996 in a measure sponsored by then Senator Sam Cohen, now the Secretary of Defense. The measure authorized sanctions in the event of "large-scale repression of or violence against" Burma's democratic opposition.
Secretary of State, Madeline Albright, hinted that the sanctions were coming while giving a speech at the U.S. Naval Academy last week. "Unless the clouds of repression are lifted, they will face investment sanctions under U.S. law," she said of the Burmese government.
What the U.S. calls "clouds of repression" may merely just be keeping the lid on a political pandora's box in the minds of Burmese officials. Many Americans, including President Clinton, protested the caning of an American teenager in Singapore after he had been convicted of vandalism in that country. Burma has invoked the wrath of the political paragons in the West to a greater degree by maintaining a hard line against what it sees as outbreaks of lawlessness, disrespect for authority, and a certain drift into moral and political chaos. The Burmese government has expressed its doubts about the western democratic system being imposed on it, and with good reason. Russia, Haiti and South Africa, to name a few, with their myriad calamities since "democracy", are powerful arguments against such an experiment.
Burma, which calls itself Myanmar Naing - Ngan rather than the name traditionally used by English speaking people has had much experience in dealing with the intrigue and sophistry of the West. In 1948 it won independence after many years of British colonial rule. With the Cold War just getting under way, the Burmese people chose a path of non-alignment with the super powers and peaceful coexistence with its neighbors. Its path was not to be one of peace, however, as powerful and cunning forces assaulted this country from within, resulting in internal political strife in the decades that followed.
These forces were described in an article written by Tekkatho Myat Thu and published by the Myanmar News Agency on May 31, 1996. The writer states:
"During the Cold War (between East and West), cunning propaganda methods were used for disintegration of their main rival group and to win the Cold War. Rumours and whispering campaigns were used to gain the upper hand at that time. The Western Capitalist Block applying various means could monopolize the mass media such as newspapers and radio and television. They have appointed in their mass media machinery persons who will do as they wish them to; especially opposition members of many nations and (Burmese) expatriates. They won over many journalists with money and by brainwashing, using them for their propaganda network. This way, news of the Western media became dominated by lies and the West began to ignore the principles (of Burma's true position)....The Western mass media totally blacked out information which they never wanted to disclose and made fabrications for propaganda, making the nonexistent exist, fakes as genuine and lies as truth.
"Minions of (Western) countries who always rely on their foreign masters in accord with the West's methods are pretending not to notice (Burma's) favourable conditions (improvements in education, infrastructure, etc.)...but they with their main intention to seize power are only shouting the word "democracy"....The West-assisted so-called human right groups are turning a blind eye on the nation's true situation and are shouting false accusations on Myanmar in accord with the wishes of the West, (along with) internal axe handles and traitors."
This roughly translated document reflects the Burmese understanding of the assault on their nation by the western news media and the forces of international control, namely, the large money cartels that work their will in the earth from their seats of power in the West. The tactics of subversion and deception used by this cartel in whipping up turmoil and unrest in the name of political freedom and human rights, with its cunning expertise at making the genuine look false and the false genuine, has caused the Burmese government to dig in its heals with alarm. It recognizes the tactics of international imperialists, now more refined and efficient than the last century.
We in the West have been accustomed to the word "democracy" having a hallowed ring to it. During the two world wars our troops helped "make the world safe for democracy." Most Americans, if asked what kind of government their forefathers founded, would reply, "a democracy." The American forefathers deliberately rejected a democratic form of government, however, choosing instead a constitutional republic that would protect the nation from both the tyranny of government and the mob alike.
James Madison, who is called the father of the U.S. Constitution, wrote in Essay Number 10 of The Federalist Papers, "...democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have even been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths."
The vast difference between a democracy and a constitutional republic may be illustrated by the French and American Revolutions. One was a fanatical orgy of bloodletting and destruction, the other was calmly built on the bedrock of truth and principle. One ended in degradation and dictatorship, the other bound together a nation of men of varying temperaments who forged a common destiny. Of France, Beethoven remarked in a letter to a friend that "before the French Revolution there was great freedom of thought and political action." However, the revolution that had promised "Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity" had produced, instead, "the present policy of repression."
One may be assured that it is not constitutional republicanism that the U.S. and the West is forcing on the nations of the world, but a form of "mobocracy" or mob rule. In the vacuum created by the absence of strong, effective leadership, will reside the power of international banks and the large, multi-national corporations that accompany them. In a "democratic" nation there resides no strong government to "just say no" to the ravages of multi-national corporatism, national debt and world socialism. If Burma caves in to the mob screaming for a "democracy", its rich energy and mineral resources, as well as its "human resources", will at last be in the hands of the international banking elite. Global control is the true aim of the originators of modern "democracy", not freedom and human rights.
There is little doubt that there are serious and complex problems brewing within Burma, as there are within many of the world's so-called "democracies". The illusion is that a change in the political system will change the difficulties that are inherent to this region and its 135 national races, each with its own unique culture and dialect. In a statement faxed by a Burmese spokesman to Reuters on April 16 the question was asked, "Does U.S. human rights mean priority of one favoured person or a party is above everything else? And does the U.S. really believe that installing an overnight Western democracy is the cure for all developing, unstable and problem-ridden countries of the world?"
The question rings with irony when one considers Burma's options - continued entrenchment against the West with its sanctions and domestic turmoil, or a plunge into the abyss of democracy with its certain Yugoslavia style disintegration. "If the U.S. is so genuinely concerned about the human rights of the Myanmar (Burmese) people, why is it so necessary to deprive one of the most essential rights of the Myanmar people -- the right to earn a living and support the family?"-- the Burmese statement questions. The Burmese know that the U.S. is not concerned about human rights at all - unless there is financial or political gain involved. Sanctions are simple extortion, a way of saying, "Bow down to my wishes or I will starve you and make you suffer." It is an act of war meant to destabilize and overthrow a backward, third world country.
The Burmese spokesman concludes the faxed statement with the declaration, "The United States is using the threat of economic sanctions against Burma like a weapon aimed at destroying basic rights of the Burmese people....The U.S. economic sanctions is a policy which is being extensively used today as a weapon of destruction against a nation or a population regarded as unfriendly."
This official Burmese statement reveals the truth that American foreign policy is built on threats and extortion. Burma need not feel that it is alone on America's blacklist. In the past four years, the U.S. has imposed 61 unilateral trade sanctions against 35 nations that have not bowed to its wishes in some way. Burma is just the latest country the U.S. has found to be "quite disappointing in recent months", in the words of State Department spokesman, Nicholas Burns.
Of all the American companies doing business in Burma, petrol giant Unocal stands to lose the most with a $1.2 billion gas exploration deal on the line. The long term benefits will be greater, however, if sanctions succeed in driving out the military "junta". A democratic government will be pliable and easier to manipulate, resulting in long term collateral benefits to the bottom line. In an interview with Dow Jones News Service, Unocal Chairman, Roger Beach, called the U.S. sanctions a "temporary setback" to his company's business plans in Burma and he also said, "It won't change our strategy one iota."
The present Burmese government will be judged and held accountable for the policies it pursues towards the weakest members of its society. Also figured into the balance of judgment will be the cultural mores, customs, traditions and history of the Burmese that may not be seen and understood by the Western mind, especially the Western mind captivated and inflamed by "democratic" propaganda.
The final judgment will also include the honest efforts made by members of the present Burmese government to defend their country, their culture, their values, and their very lives against what they rightly perceive to be a threat from the "Western Capitalist Block", or what might be more accurately described as "totalitarian one-world government".
The deceptive system of so-called "democracy", as well as the powers of world finance that promote it for their own interests, and the mindless mobs that chant its meaningless slogans and wave its flags, will also be weighed together in the balances of justice and will be found wanting. The attendant horrors of this deceptive system will be their reward.
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