On Myanmar’s Dead Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement
ASIA-UPDATES ON MYANMAR ROHINGYA GENOCIDE, 1 Nov 2021
17 Oct 2021 – Maung Zarni blew the whistle on military-led top-down democratic reforms – which he argued were, in the final instance, cosmetic as early as these “reforms” were launched by the Burmese generals in 2010. To his rage and dismay, this “transition” was blessed by none other than Aung San San Suu Kyi and celebrated by Western media and powerful external actors.
“Prospects for reconciliation between Myanmar’s most powerful national military and the dominant majority Burmese society that view the former as little more than a Fascist-like occupation force, do not exist.
Myanmar or Burma has now entered a new phase of a full-blown Zero Sum conflict which may be inaccurately labeled as “civil-military” or “state-society” vertical conflict. Though made respectable and legitimate as the crucial state actor by the ousted NLD leader Aung San Suu Kyi and by external actors bent on doing business in Myanmar, the country’s military known as the Tatmadaw (or feudal or royal armed forces) has long morphed into a terrorist criminal syndicate. Today that’s the common perception or shared conclusion of the Burmese public.
FORSEA’s Maung Zarni blew the whistle about the military-led top-down democratic reforms – which he argued were, in the final instance, cosmetic as early as these “reforms” were launched by the Burmese generals in 2010. To his rage and dismay, this “transition” was blessed by none other than Aung San San Suu Kyi and celebrated by Western media, powerful external actors such as the United Nations, United States, European Union, Australia, international financial institutions and, last but not least, a plethora of influential thinktanks (for instance, the International Crisis Group) and in-house or freelance consultants on Myanmar.
FORSEA is reposting a fairly diplomatically worded analysis which the FORSEA co-founder wrote in 2012, when the dust of Myanmar’s hyped up reforms began to settle.
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Tags: Asia, Aung San Suu Kyi, Authoritarianism, Burma, China, Coup, Democracy, Dictatorship, Direct violence, Human Rights, Justice, Military Intervention, Myanmar, Revolution, Rohingya, Social justice, Southeast Asia, Structural violence, United Nations
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