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Friday, September 28, 2007

Flying South for the Winter

Yesterday morning, as I was sitting on the balcony looking at the calm water, sipping coffee before getting ready for work, I saw a distinctive V- shape flock of birds flying over the lake heading to the South.

A real sign of fall. This morning I felt a fresh northern breeze.

Burma's (Myanmar) leaders are also feeling a fresh breeze, the winds of democracy have come to their door as well. But they are backed by China, which wants its water and natural resources for its growing economy. Now the Monks have been locked up as prisoners in their monasteries and the troops are shooting civilians.

It's too bad all we do is impose sanctions in these brutal cases. The same for Darfur, where the terrorists are now roughing up the AID workers and stealing their equipment as they murder civilians. We should have a large UN presence in each place, with the U.S. in a supporting role.

Being too timid in our global leadership is as bad as being too aggressive. I'd like to see the military leaders of Burma flying "south" --not for the winter but on a one-way trip to exile. I'd like to see a lot of other dictators joining them...such as the one we seem to have in Pakistan who is now attacking lawyers on the Supreme Court grounds.

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