Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Myanmar (Burma)

posted by The Vidiot @ 1:48 PM Permalink

I'm hoping to have a post up soon, written by a cousin who spent time there. (I hope he can write it. I know he's a very busy bee.) He gave me a few interesting links to start with.

The imagery is astounding: The phalanx of robed monks is awe-inspiring. Also, here's a good article to get you started on at least the history over there and why it's the monks who have taken to the streets.
Excerpt: When the Burmese took to the streets on Aug. 8, 1988, many believed that soldiers wouldn't fire on them if they carried portraits of Aung San. They were wrong. More were killed in that year's massacres than in Tiananmen Square, yet this event is all but forgotten in the West. Today's monks know they must take the gamble that ordinary people can't.

Update: Here's a dKos diary on the subject.

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