Ethan Bourne: Open letter to the Generals from Naypyidaw
July 23, 2009
OPEN LETTER TO THE GENERALS FROM NAYPYIDAW
U.S. Secretary of State has declared the U.S. Government’s policy towards Burma. Clinton said Wednesday that the release of Aung San Suu Kyi could lead to increased US investment. It is unequivocal that the U.S. Administration is going to lift sanctions and start investing in Burma as soon as Ms. Suu Kyi is released.
You have been complaining about the U.S. sanctions imposed since 1988. What are you waiting for? Isn’t it time to have sanctions lifted and get more money into your pockets? If Aung San Suu Kyi is released, it will be killing two birds with one stone. Sanctions will be lifted and investments will pour in and the Burmese people in general will have employment opportunities. Tunnels being built with North Korea’s help can be stopped and the generals can move on and sleep with peace of mind.
Now that you are befriending with North Korea, the rogue state under the surveillance of more than a dozen U.S. intelligence agencies and U.S. Policy makers are thinking twice now. Shall we impose more sanctions on the Burmese generals? Both the Senate and the House will vote yes.
You, ignorant generals, should have a serious emergency meeting as soon as possible. Whatever advice you’ve been getting from China, Russia and North Korea are wrong.Forget about North Korea for the moment. Forget about the tunnels in the meantime. I know you never put people first and so think seriously. If you release Aung San Suu Kyi, sanctions will be lifted. Investments will pour in and the money will come into your hands and the riots and uprisings you fear more than U.S. invasion will no longer occur because people will be employed and prosper. End of story! Stop being paranoid and open up! You will feel better and safer and so will the people!