Saddle Up Freedom Lovers!

I’m taking my camera down to the local Armed Forces recruiting station station today, with the intention of interviewing some of what promises to be hundreds of not thousands of new volunteers for spreading freedom throughout the world. Oh, what a call to duty! There are thousands of people marching and protesting in Myanmar, and being met with gunfire and arrest. From today’s article:

“Thursday was the most violent day in more than a month of protests — which at their height have brought an estimated 70,000 demonstrators to the streets. Bloody sandals lay scattered on some streets as protesters fled shouting “Give us freedom, give us freedom!”

C’mon, all you beautiful purple-fingered freedom lovers! It will be difficult to find more blatant oppression than this. It doesn’t get much clearer, fellas. Put that lucrative career on hold for a little while, enlist, train, and start spreading a little of that freedom. Man up. We got guys hunkered down in Iraq and Afghanistan at the moment, or I’m sure they would be happy to take care of this little hotspot for ya. How bout picking up the slack for these guys a little? Oh, you’re busy? Never mind.




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11 responses to “Saddle Up Freedom Lovers!

  1. Y’know, I’d be finishing up 20 years in the Army right now, if they hadn’t sent me home after the medical exam. Damn DES.

    Therefore, I have chickenhawk immunity.

    But, whatever.

    Why is a man of your age using the debate tactics of a 14-year-old, anyway? Are we going to break into na-na-na-boo-boo, next?

  2. nm

    Couple of things: first, I don’t think US military intervention in Myanmar would be very helpful in establishing democratic rule there. This seems to be one of those situations in which diplomatic pressure from neighbors (India, China), who can be pressed/encouraged by the US to pressure the SLORC regime, would have more effect. That and economic pressure, mostly from ditto but also perhaps by US regulation banning outsourcing to Myanmar.

    Second, if this were a situation in which armed US intervention would be helpful, Mack’s post would be exactly on target. Slarti, I don’t see what’s immature in pointing out the consequences of having those whose families decline to serve in the military consistently and repeatedly pushing for more military activity.

  3. I’m just wishing our government would concentrate on addressing the civil unrest and major problems within our own country rather than policing the rest of the world on the level that we do.

    I know it’s much more complicated than a simpleton sentence like that, but damn…

  4. I don’t know that I want the government addressing the “civil unrest” here, and maybe that’s not what you meant to say … but dang, I sure wish they’d invest in infrastructure at home instead of trying to spread Democracy all around the world.

    And as for pictures, apparently all you need to do is take a still from a movie and pass it off as the real thing.

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  6. There’s no oil in Myanmar.

  7. Slarti, it seems perfectly reasonable to ask the entire country to pitch in in a Global War On Terror To Protect Our Way Of Life. Maybe the well-to-do could offer up those handy tax cuts for starters. Lets spread the sacrifice around a little, huh?

    Drew Carey said when he was in Iraq to visit the troops, he saw a sign on a soldier’s bunk that read, “America isn’t at war, we are at war, Americas at the mall.”

    Doesn’t that just break your heart?

  8. Mack, apparently the Powers That Decide These Things have decided that the oppressed freedom lovers of Iran are next on the list for liberation. Sorry, Myanmar will have to wait. Maybe if there were some kind of Obvious Independence Lovers besides those funny guys running around in orange bedsheets, the moneybags at Freedom’s Watch would be more interested.

  9. TN Native

    Must be nice but as you have ably documented, you know how to MoveOn:

    Thousands of protesters are dead and the bodies of hundreds of executed monks have been dumped in the jungle, a former intelligence officer for Burma’s ruling junta has revealed.

    The most senior official to defect so far, Hla Win, said: ‘Many more people have been killed in recent days than you’ve heard about. The bodies can be counted in several thousand.’

    Mr Win, who spoke out as a Swedish diplomat predicted that the revolt has failed, said he fled when he was ordered to take part in a massacre of holy men. He has now reached the border with Thailand.

    Reports from other exiles along the frontier confirmed that hundreds of monks had simply ‘ disappeared’ as 20,000 troops swarmed around Rangoon yesterday to prevent further demonstrations by religious groups and civilians.

    Word reaching dissidents hiding out on the border suggested that as well as executions, some 2,000 monks are being held in the notorious Insein Prison or in university rooms which have been turned into cells.

    There were reports that many were savagely beaten at a sports ground on the outskirts of Rangoon, where they were heard crying for help.

    Others who had failed to escape disguised as civilians were locked in their bloodstained temples.

    There, troops abandoned religious beliefs, propped their rifles against statues of Buddha and began cooking meals on stoves set up in shrines.

    In stark contrast, the streets of Rangoon and Mandalay – centres of the attempted saffron revolution last week – were virtually deserted yesterday.

    A Swedish diplomat who visited Burma during the protests said last night that in her opinion the revolution has failed.

    Liselotte Agerlid, who is now in Thailand, said that the Burmese people now face possibly decades of repression. ‘The Burma revolt is over,’ she added.

    ‘The military regime won and a new generation has been violently repressed and violently denied democracy. The people in the street were young people, monks and civilians who were not participating during the 1988 revolt.

    ‘Now the military has cracked down the revolt, and the result may very well be that the regime will enjoy another 20 years of silence, ruling by fear.’

    Not as bad as Bush but they’re trying. Just for you.

  10. Al Jazeera was talking about Myanmar before any of the major US Media.

  11. Eli, why do you hate America?

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