21 October 2007


This image (no photographer credit available) is from a story in The New York Times today on the current situation in Burma. I must say that I am amazed at how politically effective the military junta has been in only a couple of weeks. Not long ago, you will recall, hundreds of thousands of Burmese monks and civilians were in the streets clamouring for freedom and democracy and economic reform. And now, quite miraculously, the junta apparently has persuaded them that they were mistaken in pushing those demands when what they really want is more stability and order (dressed up in blind optimism of the sort only a brutal dictatorship can provide). I am certain that this billboard is a spontaneous and sincere expression of popular attitudes.



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