SHOULD MYANMAR (BURMA) BE SANCTIONED?

The generals are killing the monks. Myanmar’s military junta has sealed monasteries, crushed protests and threatened Aung San Suu Kyi in their crackdown in the anti-government uprising. Observers describe a country of terrified civilians and eerily empty monasteries. “People are really sad and depressed,” said another observer. Internet access has been cut. Twenty thousand troops are now deployed in Rangoon to quell further protests.

The U.N. envoy, Ibrahim Gambari, having seen Suu Kyi yesterday, is now trying to see the top General of the junta. As of this writing there is no word of the envoy’s where abouts.

But is sending an international envoy enough? Shouldn’t the West step up its sanctions on this bloody regime? At the very least cut off any financial support for the junta? And shouldn’t there be more pressure on China to bring the generals into line? I may have missed it but so far I haven’t heard any kind of robust condemnation from the Harper government.

Do you think the West and Canada should try to bring more pressure to bear on Myanmar’s generals?

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6 Comments »

  1. 1
    Barbara Says:

    Exactly what do we give to Burma that we can withdraw as a sanction? China is the linchpin here.

  2. 2
    Barbara Says:

    I am not sure whether email petitions have any weight, but it feels like you are doing SOMETHING! If you would like to add your voice to those around the world distressed about the possible massacre in Burma, go to

  3. 4

    Barbara:
    Thanks for giving us the address where we can sign the petition on China. I hope many of our visitors will sign. It can’t hurt and it just might help. I have been trying to discover Canada’s trade relations with Burma. So far no luck.

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    jeremy Says:

    Isn’t there some temporal directive of hellish punishment for someone who kills a holy person? A monk, in my opinion ranks higher than a temporal leader. CHINA can do many things in many places, yet they don’t. This just backs up their human rights violations that they let things like Darfur (read:Oil and Money) and Burma (read:Religious Intolerance) happen.

    While the generals shot to kill the world stands idly by. Someone is going to hell for this one, on the express train.

    Jeremy

  5. 6

    Jeremy:
    The problem is that there are no easy options. Should troops be sent in there under the banner of the United Nations. I fear that would precipitate a blood bath. The two powers who could bring a lot of pressure to bear are China and India. But neither seems ready to bite the bullet. Meanwhile, as you suggest, holy people are being killed. Thanks for your comment.


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