Reference: A split in the ranks, Spectrum, March 30, 2009
Political power derived from the military's hierarchy of ranks is a fragile thing because it relies on the robustness of the indoctrination that makes the lower ranks take orders and obey without question. History shows us that this system can fall apart particularly when the highest ranks have abused their position. It seems from Larry Jagan's analysis (A split in the ranks, Spectrum, March 30, 2009) that an extreme concentration of power and wealth in the inner circle of the junta may have created just this kind of instability in Burma and that therefore the junta may be crushed under the weight of its own success. Burma may be ripe for revolution but that revolution may come not from without, but from within the army itself.