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Cooking with Burma's Gas

People think that when the military dictators of Burma (the dictators call it Myanmar) gun down innocent Buddhist monks, we in the Western world are helpless to do anything about it. That’s what the conventional wisdom is. But it ain’t so. U.S. and other Western countries do not want to do anything because cracking down with sanctions against the Burmese hoodlums would deprive big natural gas companies of their lucre.

The tyrants of Burma have been suffocating the country for 45 years. Aung Suu Kyi, who had been elected in a fair vote to be the leader, has been kept under house arrest while the military ruins the country. And we, the freedom-loving countries have allowed this to happen.

Hell, Burma never even go onto the axis of evil. Why?

Here's a hint:

Natural gas is the single largest source of revenue for the military government, according to New York-based Human Rights Watch.

"Gas exports accounted for fully half of the country's exports in 2006," the group said Tuesday in a statement calling on foreign companies to use their influence to end human rights abuses.

Here's another hint:

California-based Unocal, owned by Chevron, is part of a consortium led by France's Total that taps the Yadana gas field, one of the regime's main sources of income, Human Rights Watch said.

How can we spread democracy if we worry about the money Big Business can make? The question before us is, Do we work for democracy or do we work for Big Business? Do we help those getting shot at or those cashing in on the natural gas Burma has? Do we fight for the human freedom of monks or for greedy freedom of multinationals?

Something is wrong when we offer as a reason for bloodshed the need for gas companies to make money. When I hear pundits say that U.S. has no leverage with Burma, let China do it, it makes me sick. Yes, we have leverage. We have leverage over oil and gas companies. Let's use it. Without gas the military junta will collapse.

Tell the natural gas companies to stop cooking with Burma's gas.

Posted by Paul Siegel at October 3, 2007 10:00 PM
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What a wonderful example the US is…we base our human rights on corporate needs (i.e., profit)…

Posted by: Rachel at October 4, 2007 8:34 AM
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Sure, there might be hearings and hand-wringing and some congresspeople will probably chew out some businesspeople in front of lots of TV cameras. Then in the back rooms the businesspeople will arrange for the congresspeople to take fact-finding trips to golf courses in Scotland and the congresspeople will agree not to actually do anything. Like always. VOID them all.

Posted by: Silima at October 4, 2007 8:40 PM
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Racheal, what country should the US model since our human rights violations are so horrible?

Posted by: Honest at October 5, 2007 12:05 AM
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Rachel, what country should the US model since our human rights violations are so horrible?

We might want to model our own Constitution, common sense, and maybe Jesus’ example (right-wing so-called Christianity has no clue of Jesus’ example…they’re pretty much stuck in the Old Testament…even though, I’m pretty sure a great number of them eat shellfish and pork!).

The Golden Rule wouldn’t be a bad start…

Posted by: Rachel at October 5, 2007 7:47 AM
Comment #235338

“We might want to model our own Constitution”

I agree! What should we start with first?
The limitations govt had put on them? I’d love to put those back.
Or how about what govt is allowed to tax us? Now that would be sweet.
Oh wow, how about the 2nd Amendment? The 1st? The 4th? etc…

Dang, what a great idea Rachel. Model our current govt on our own Constitution. Now, please share that “common sense” idea with the left and help us make this country great again.

Oh, I wasn’t ignoring your Christian rant either, I just don’t fear them as you all do so its kind of a non-issue with me.

Posted by: kctim at October 5, 2007 9:42 AM
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kctim: Are warrantless wire taps of American citizens a non-issue to you as well?

Posted by: jlw at October 5, 2007 10:29 AM
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Actually jlw, I believe those fall under the problems we have with the 4th, which I noted. Yes?
So I believe its safe to say that I do not agree with the wiretaps because of where it could lead.

Posted by: kctim at October 5, 2007 11:12 AM
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Dang, what a great idea Rachel. Model our current govt on our own Constitution. Now, please share that “common sense” idea with the left

I am the “left”…the “left” are the only ones having hearings on how the “right” administration has gutted our constitution…

Posted by: Rachel at October 6, 2007 10:42 AM
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One thing is surely suits america
that ‘no friend or foe is permanent only monetary intrest is prime motive’
BUT this theory has its worst drawback in relation to south east asian countries where America is Blindly Supporting PAKISTAN knowing that there is no country in world carry out so many TERRORIST activities other than pakistan.Helping pakistan means Demoralising democracy.

Posted by: autocad at October 7, 2007 12:52 PM
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