Saturday, December 10, 2005

Burmese troops beating up on Naga rebels

Ethnic Naga rebels in Burma's far northwest are reporting that Burmese troops have launched a "major offensive" against several rebel bases.

The Naga have been fighting both Burma and India for a homeland they want to carve out of northwest Burma and northeast India. The rebellion has been going on for over 40 years.

Coupled with the extension of Aung San Suu Kyi's house arrest, the move of the Burmese capital from Rangoon into the jungle, and other less-than-encouraging signs, it seems clearer and clearer that absolutely nothing has changed in Burma, nor is change likely to occur anytime soon. The military junta, which has illegally ruled the country since they threw out popular election results in 1990, appears to be operating as normal - talking publicly about the "Roadmap to Democracy", but in reality further securing their hold on the country.

There will be the usual denunciations from the UN and the West, but nothing will really happen.

Stay tuned for more non-events from the Golden Land.

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