When I was a kid and I didn’t want to eat something, I was told about the starving children in Africa. Many kids are told this, but they don’t know what to do with it. They think, “Well, send this nasty food to them, then.” It takes a more mature mind to understand what’s being said, that you should feel ashamed for taking for granted — indeed, wasting — something that others are suffering without.
This is what makes the images coming out of Myanmar/Burma even more disturbing.
People are dying, being killed in the streets and their bodies dumped into swamps, so they can have a voice in their government.
Over in Pakistan, there’s a not-quite-so-bloody yet just as important path unfolding. General Perez Musharraf is running for “re-election,” which I put in quotes because he was never elected in the first place; he grabbed the presidency in a military coup. Despite this, and despite his repression of protestors with tear gas and batons, he remains a good pal of the United States. We’ve no problem with repressive military dictatorships (with nuclear weapons), just the ones that won’t kiss our boots.
Meanwhile in America, the big plan for dealing with a criminal administration that has shown nothing but contempt for its own people, its Constitution, the Geneva Conventions, and the opinion of the rest of the world is that next year, we’re going to have an election! Surely if Hillary/Obama/McCain/the Cinderblock wins, then everything will be A-OK! No need to do anything until then!
My thoughts go out to the brave people of Myanmar and Pakistan, who are trying their hardest to get a legitimate government that represents them. I wish we here in America had your courage.