Image via WikipediaBREAKING NEWS IN BURMA!
By Randy Economy
February 4, 2011
12:45 a.m. PST
If you have followed my blog over the past couple of years, I have grown very fond for the people of Burma.
My Roman Catholic Priest who baptized me in 2007 is one of a handful of American Priests who were born and raised in Burma.
His nephew, is now a member of my extended family who is now like a brother to me. "Martin" is an international student here in Southern California who is from Yangon and is currently pulling straight "A's" in the Master Programming in Civil Engineering over a Cal State Long Beach. He is a "smart cookie" to say the least.
I was not surprised when I heard the news around an hour ago, that Burma's parliament has named former general and outgoing prime minister Thein Sein as the country's first civilian president after nearly 50 years of military rule.
Don't get excited. Democracy is NOT breaking out in Burma tonight.
You see, Thein Sein is an ally of top general Than Shwe and Thein is also the a former Army General of the country that is located near India and China. Nothing has changed in this nation with deep poverty and a difficult "cask system" within their society.
|The 14 states and divisions of Burma|
The new vice-presidents (yep, they have TWO VICE PRESIDENTS) will be Tin Aung Myint Oo and Sai Mauk Kham.
All three were backed and supported by the military-backed USDP party. Duh.
The election that took place in Burma was the nations first "open election" in two decades. The world knows that their election was a total fraud. The new leader of Burma is 77 years old.
Don't look for him to give up power any time soon.
As the world watches the amazing scenes in Egypt, I just wonder when the world is going to start paying attending to Burma.
Egypt has never had a Democracy in 7.000 years.
Don't hold your breath in Burma.