Is Burma still a CountryBut is Burma still a country?
Was Burma supposed to be part of the'axis of evil'?
However, this is not Iraq, where such circumstances are presented by the Bush government as grounds for a "regime change". It is Burma, also known as Myanmar, that fulfils and in some cases even surpasses the White House prevention standards. Yet when President Bush last year chose three nations on his "axis of evil," Burma was not one of them.
"It is a regimes that should stand on the "axis of evil" alongside Iraq, Iran and North Korea. "In the same months, a monthlong Washington newspaper asked: "Why isn't Burma on Bush's bad guy agenda? "But it'?s much more complex than the questions, say herbalists. You point out that the United States is indeed one of Burma's toughest opponents.
Yet they also recognize that Washington is unlikely to help replace Burma's leaders soon. As the White House raises the alert about the possible proliferation of WMDs in Iraq, Burma declared its own radioactive ambition early this year. "Of course Burma has the right to participate in the advantages of non-violent international peace.
"It' s a little early for the US to use it as a villain regimen, but it can go down the line," he said. Quote Asia and Europe secret service resources, FEER said in the post-September 11, 2001, attack on America, two Pakistani atomic scientist went to Burma when it became clear that the CIA wanted to interrogate them about possible links with al Qaeda.
There were no phone returns to the Myanmar embassy in Washington. The Burmese leaders in 1989 renamed the Myanmar land, the name of the land in its mother language. But most of the global population still talks about Burma. "It is a reigning army that thinks it can rule by the end of a rifle barrel," he said.
" The Burmese population has been under a repressive army for more than 40 years - longer on the "axis of evil" than any other state. Burma now has the second poorest healthcare system in the hemisphere, according to the WHO. The Human Rights Watch says Burma has the highest number of children troops in the worid, and the number is up.
Drugs prophylaxis organisations say that the state is a major manufacturer of heroine and methamphetamines. However, unlike any member of the "axis of evil," Burma also has an activist and one-of-a-kind rival. "A lot of Myanmar citizens are feeling like in the Czech Republic, in Poland, that the US is supporting their fight for freedom," Woodrum said.
Aung San Suu Kyi, the head of the political party's political group, has received the highest recognition: More than a century later, this resistance is still there. "There' s an opponent who fights with their naked palms and uses their votes to stay afloat in the face of a mighty military," Silverstein said.
"There' s a culture there that is ready to take over," he said, remarking that Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy opponents have the backing of the country's many nationalities. During 1990, the state' s army leaders gave the freedom of choice in confidence in their seizure of supremacy.
However, the regime responded by disregarding the results and taking action against the opponents. Washington's attempts to overthrow Saddam Hussein from Iraq have been hampered by the many opposing groups in the state, some of which contradict each other, and others who have bad relationships with the United States.
Myanmar is definitely "a menace to America's domestic interests," said Peter Yeo, vice president of the House International Relations Committee's majority team. However, he and other specialists admitted that of all nations in the hemisphere, the United States probably has the toughest line to Burma. Of the many penalties that Washington has taken: a prohibition of all new investments in the land, the suspension of all financial assistance, the reduction of its embassy's embassy profile to a charmé d'affaires and the denial of tourist visa for all senior army officers and their families.
Silverstein, a fierce opponent of the army regimes, had few proposals for further action, except for a complete suspension of investments. However, Burma's Nazi rulers, and especially the Tibetan Buddhists, have little interest in promoting Muslim extremism and have voiced their co-operation with Washington. "The United States has no great political interest in Burma," Pyne said.
The most important thing is that the government's opponents will hardly ever back political actions, said analysts - because, faithfully to their own basic democracy, they resist the takeover by forcing. However, many Burma observers were astonished that the land was not on Bush's axes of iniquity. Suggested that it raised less of an immediate threat to US concerns, Woodrum said:
"Perhaps it should be the stop signal of evil."