Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Myanmar checkmate?

Hopes were dashed as the miltary cracked down on monks and civilians. It has been difficult following up on news - as I have been in preparation for an upcoming trip - only to see peaceful mass demonstrations end in blood. I am appalled. Has the junta won?

Where are all the monks? How many have been detained? How many are missing? How many killed? Who will speak up for Myanmar?

But even if the next stage of the struggle does not produce the results one is hoping for, there is no reason to despair. There is an enlightened principle in Buddhism which Aung San Suu Kyi - a person of impeccable dignity and incredible integrity - has alluded to in her writings that should guide the struggle for justice in Burma. She observes, “Just continue to do what you believe is right. Later on the fruits of what you do will become apparent on their own. One’s responsibility is to do the right thing.”

Chandra Muzaffar ( Letter to Malaysiakini)

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