Thursday, October 11, 2007

Reference: Singapore's Lee scolds dumb junta, Bangkok Post, October 11, 2007

A small clique of cronies runs Singapore with an iron hand behind a veil of democracy. They justify their politics with economics and the importance of image. So it is not surprising that their advice for the brutal military regime in Burma is that they may consolidate their dictatorship with better economic policies as a way of keeping the citizens pliant and by shedding their military uniforms as a way of image building. It is a lecture on Autocracy 101. The lecturer laments that his students are too dumb to understand and implement his lecture. As for the evil that the junta has done, the only thing that your "visionary" could think of was the bad image created by Thandar Shwe's lavish wedding. It is a shocking take on a tragic situation particularly in light of recent events. This visionary's vision is a scary one.

Cha-am Jamal

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