Monday, October 1, 2007

Burma: Thousands dead in massacre of the monks dumped in the jungle

Headline is from the DailyMail article which includes this:
The most senior official to defect so far, Hla Win, said: "Many more people have been killed in recent days than you've heard about. The bodies can be counted in several thousand."
Ultimately all tyranny rests on the willingness to murder one's subjects.
I saw this news article thanks to the Instapundit who asks: " Where is the "international community" on this?" The mainstream media, the high profile celebrities, the anti-war and anti-violence groups seem strangely quiet. Just as they were years ago when the Cambodians were being massacred, or when women were being brutalized in Afghanistan, or when Saddam and his sons were butchering various members of the citizenry. Is this silence because they cannot blame Bush or is it because these aren't white people being murdered.
The Instapundit also links to a Rand Simberg post on the viability of non- violent protests . (Ghandism )

We can't necessarily remove every dictatorial regime on the planet, but there were many reasons to remove the one in Iraq. Critics of that decision often claim that it was up to the Iraqi people to stand up to Saddam and remove him if that's what they wanted. Some of them (particularly the pacifists among them) even cite Mahatma Gandhi as an example, and advocate the use of non-violent resistance techniques.

What they ignore in doing so is that Gandhi faced an almost unique situation--imperialists who were not monsters, and were unwilling to put down the rebellion with the brutality necessary to do so. To think that Gandhi's tactics would have been effective against a Hitler, or a Stalin, or a Saddam, is foolish.

And here we have a textbook example, that demonstrates the fatuity of such thinking. Who, after all, is more pacifist, and (according to their theory, should be more successful with such tactics) than Buddhist monks?

Unarmed civilian populations have no chance against modern government weaponry unless it is the British or the United States government.

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