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Way In, Way Out (r)

It is not logical to conclude that the political stalemate is hurting the
people; now is the time for humanitarian aid. The question of humanitarian
aid is not that simple. No objection of such aids for the people of Burma
providing that they really can take possession of it. 

Matter-of-factly the international assistance of various kinds stopped
flowing since 1988. Why? Because the military regime: 
· Killed thousands of unarmed demonstrators, 
· Imprisoned thousands of political prisoners,
· Put Aung San Suu Kyi house-arrest for almost 6 years,
· Ignored the result of 1990 election,
· Detained hundreds of duly elected Peoples' representatives,
· Committed gross violation of Human Rights,
· Practiced forced relocation, force labor,
· Did not control opium cultivation and narcotic trafficking,
· Prevented international observers, and etc.

Have these faults been corrected now? It is not logical to conclude that
the political stalemate is hurting the people; now is the time for
humanitarian aid which Tony Albrecht assumed all sides would accept.
Political stalemate is not the criteria stopping the aids to Burma. The
impasse should be overcome by a dialogue which NLD has been calling for.
However the stubbornness of the illegitimate military regime is to be
condemned for stalemate.

One best example of pure humanitarian aid which goes directly to the needy
people is rice distribution by Aung San Suu Kyi. A thousand of people tried
to collect the rice. A true story revealed that poor women from satellite
towns near Rangoon came to get the rice and were beaten up by riot police.
It can be perceived that the authorities do not want the people to eat. If
Daw Suu offered medicine, the people will be physically attacked if they
come to receive. So why humanitarian aid should be given through inhuman

While the majority of people are hard to eat a square meal, who cared for.
Only NLD cares. Why don't the international donors give the humanitarian
aids to the people of Burma through NLD?

Tint Swe

>At 04:29 PM 5/10/99 -0400, you wrote:
>>     you are right -the political stalemate is hurting the people- now
>>is the time for humanitarian aid which I assume all sides would accept.
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From:	moe@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [SMTP:moe@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]
>>> Sent:	Monday, May 10, 1999 11:55 AM
>>> To:	burmanet-l@xxxxxxxxxxx
>>> Subject:	Way In, Way Out
>>> Way In, Way Out
>>> ********************
>>> May 10, 1999
>>> Today Burma is facing international sanctions that are  affecting th
>>> Burmese
>>> people. It is as easy as counting peas to say who the bad guys are.
>>> But
>>> doesn't the world know it already? The blaming game ,or I'd rather
>>> call it
>>> the crying game should have been over and both sides could have
>>> started to
>>> have a dialogue  for national reconciliation. 
>>> It is unequivocally clear that SPDC doesn't want to give up power.
>>> Blaming
>>> and confronting such a regime could bear no fruit but tension will
>>> rise. The
>>> regime facing such international embargo should also commence a
>>> dialogue or
>>> start to be lenient towards its people, sidelining being
>>> controlfreaks. It
>>> is quite  understandable that the regime got tested on several levels
>>> and
>>> failed the exams. The regime's image has been far worse than ever
>>> within
>>> this year, 1999. Yet blaming such a regime shouldn't be anything
>>> quaint
>>> because that won't solve the situation facing Burma today. Be control
>>> of
>>> yourself and you're the winner.If you lose self-control,you lose
>>> because
>>> you're out of control. For both sides, there are ways in and ways out.
>>> It is
>>> no longer time to be megalomaniac for both sides. Enough damage has
>>> been
>>> done to both sides and the people too.If not now,when?
>>> By Julien Moe