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Kody Tinnel

I drove by the event tonight.

I have a lot of respect for the Burmese population not only in their home country but also in Fort Wayne. I have yet to meet a Burmese person who wasn't friendly and appreciative of what they have here in the US.

Craig Ladwig

Having spent some time in Southeast Asia, two observations:

1. Buddhist monks, politically, play a role more like our activist teachers and students than, say, priests or pastors.

2. On the doubtful prospect that the news reports give us any clue as to what actually is going on in Burma, it is a lesson in the fallacy of American solipsism, i.e., that all the world behaves pretty much like suburban Boston. In fact, outside our borders, most governments oppress citizens and property at will, utterly and as a matter of course. There's precious little we can do about that unless we are willing to expend 50,000, 100,000, 200,000 American lives. We will be lucky if we can prevent the same happening here.

Brian Stouder

"We will be lucky if we can prevent the same happening here."

Well - isn't that a sort of reverse solipsism? Since it happens in Burma, therefore it is as likely to happen here?

Jeff Pruitt

In today's world we can get a better clue than ever before. Blogs like Burma Digest bring firsthand accounts to people here in the US by use of photos, videos and commentary. There are several others as well:


Some posts might not be in English but the pictures and video are worth a thousand words...

Steve Linsenmayer

There are no serious requests for US military intervention in Burma.
What is being requested is that pressure be applied to the handful of countries who still deal with Burma.
China, Russia, India, Japan, provide support to the ruling junta. Sometimes its money, sometimes its arms. Without it, they would not rule. Simple as that.

Craig Ladwig

You're right, Mr. Stouder. There are two types of people in the world: Those who believe there are two types of people and those who don't.

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