Sunday, June 19, 2005

A Quiet Birthday for 'The Lady'

What's going on in Burma right now? Do you really know?

Once again, Cookiesap is looking through the maze of media reports about the secretive junta-ruled state in South East Asia. It is one of my favorite issues, but also one of the most depressing ones. Today is Aung San Suu Kyi's birthday. Let's all sing "Happy Birthday" for her - or perhaps we should all falter...and cry...

On this important day, President Bush had the graciousness to issue a statement on this day that included:
"Her strength, courage, and personal sacrifice in standing up for the oppressed people of Burma have inspired those who stand for freedom".

But are we really standing up for freedom, or carelessly looking at the events in Burma with our saturated eyes with all the evil of the world. There is 24-hour newscasts with death, disaster and disease on a plethora of TV channels and of course the Internet, have we not seen enough? One might argue: Is there not too much grief in the world to also worry about Burma! The answer is NO - at least on her birthday, let's send Aung San Suu Kyi our thoughts, meditations, and prayers. Respect is often gained through knowledge. Learn something about a person or idea, and the road towards its respect has begun.

Are we standing in the way of Burma, acknowledging China's buddy-buddy partnership with the SPDC (former SLORC) junta? I love asking questions - don't you want to answer them?

Although a military invasion of Yangon, a-la the US in Baghdad, might not be the most successful way of bringing liberty and freedom to Aung San Suu Kyi and her people; there are so many other things we can do. First of all, why are we not demanding for our own politicians to take a more creative stance vis-à-vis Burma? Why are we not asking more questions about what companies are working in partnership with the SPDC? Why are we not more aware of the plight of the NLD? Is there a local "free Burma" campaign where you live? If the answer is no: Have you thought about starting one? It's a great place to meet new people, I reckon.

Now is the time to spread awareness about Burma. Ask your colleague in the cubicle next to you if s/he knows what is going on and then build your own database of atrocities conducted by the junta (although most are not made official, similar to North Korea). Please add your comments to this post of past events that point out the heinous acts of the military SPDC Junta.

Cookiesap is kow-towing (ke tou) and begging the Burmese leadership to release Aung San Suu Kyi and commence on a slow, but steady transition towards freedom (or democracy) in Burma. Albeit it may have Asian Values, but with a sense of justice where people can freely live, feel, love, write and speak.

May all the religions of the world bless 'The Lady’?

Link to : Free Burma Campaign

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