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Water on stone

by Roland Watson (www.dictatorwatch.org), The Buddhist Channel, Sept 25, 2007

As every geologist knows, the force of water, in the right conditions, is irresistible. It can even wear down granite.

For Burma, the monks are the water, and the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) the stone. How appropriate that their actual demonstrations began with a flood: a torrential downpour in Rangoon.

For the monks this was a minor inconvenience. No amount of rain could dampen their determination. Yet it kept the SPDC and its thugs off the streets. Than Shwe (Senior General, ruler of Myanmar (Burma)) must have cursed the sky.

Now the demonstrations are huge, and the generals are afraid. After all, they are only a small group of men, enough to fill three or four tables at a
restaurant. They have no real power. If the Army abandons them, they are finished.

There are reports that their quarterly meeting has been postponed. If so, this is because they feel they cannot meet together as a group. This would create a perfect opportunity for a coup, or a U.S. cruise missile air strike.

The monks have moral authority. They are now the leaders of Burma. They asked the public to join their protests, and the public responded. Now they should ask the rank and file Tatmadaw.

Note: Some people are suggesting a negotiated settlement. This is an
interesting idea, but it is na´ve. It would be like snatching defeat from the
jaws of victory. As the monks themselves have said, the regime, the source of all that is wrong in Burma, must go. Than Shwe cannot be allowed to remain inside the country, and free. This is unacceptable for many different reasons.

Nor can there be any type of power-sharing arrangement with the military.

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