ACTION ALERT: Ask Congress for Action on Myanmar
October 4, 2007
On October 2, 2007, the House of Representative dusted off and quickly passed a concurrent resolution on Myanmar, which had been languishing in inactivity. Sadly, that resolution doesn't actually DO anything, and makes no reference whatsoever to the massacres and ongoing horrors taking place in that country now.
On October 2, 2007, taking a break from honorary renaming of Post Offices, the House of Representative dusted off and quickly passed (413-2) a concurrent resolution on Myanmar, which had been languishing in inactivity.
Sadly, that resolution doesn't actually DO anything, and makes no reference whatsoever to the massacres of the last week or the ongoing horrors taking place in that country now.
MYANMAR ACTION PAGE:
We have documentary evidence of the Myanmar military junta machine gunning peaceful civilian demonstrators, including the murder of foreign journalists in cold blood. There are credible reports of people being burned alive in government crematoriums. There are widespread accounts of EMPTY monasteries, and thousands of monks being herded into concentration camps in remote parts of the country, bodies dumped in the jungles, pictures of monks floating face down in the rivers and more.
The ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) expressed "revulsion", and that was BEFORE most of the above reports. You can see the brutal oppression from space. [The action page above is heavily annotated with links to all the factual sources.]
And none of this, NONE of it was even mentioned in the House resolution passed today.
Congress must immediately:
• 1) Declare the military dictatorship in Myanmar to be a terrorist organization. They were sure quick enough to do that for the Iran Revolutionary guard, who have been shown by no evidence to do any of the above things. People who go into houses of worship to murder religious devotees ARE terrorists. Remember when we were told Saddam was murdering his own people, 15 YEARS after the fact. These massacres are going on NOW!
• 2) Act to freeze the assets of the military junta and urge all international banks to bar any monetary transfers in the interim. Our government was sure quick enough to do that to try to stop Al Qaeda. Similar actions were taken against North Korea by banning the importation of luxury goods and the like, a successful example of application of diplomatic pressure, and
• 3) Call for an international peace keeping force under the aegis of the U.N. to protect the people of Myanmar and the monasteries in particular, and to allow under its umbrella real fact finding of the crimes against humanity committed there. If Japan can send peacekeepers to Iraq they can certainly be persuaded to do so where, where they are already demanding for an accounting for the murder of their journalist. Are not the members of the ASEAN repulsed enough to participate? Let this be an example of how the world is supposed to react to tragic events like these, by acting THROUGH the U.N.
But what Congress had done is nothing more than an empty gesture. Nowhere in the concurrent resolution is there a single tooth. The military strongman in Myanmar is said to be stubborn.
The world must stand up to that monstrous bully, and do so in a way that stands in clear contrast to everything that was done WRONG in Iraq, where the phony coalition of the willing was mostly blackmailed into participation. Myanmar needs a protection force, not an offensive force. If Congress can vote 413-2 to say anything about Myanmar, can not a majority be found to call for real action?
• Write Congress now using the action page above.
Tell them they must do more.
Is it said that China and India among others are doing too much business with Myanmar to rock the boat. Would not a country of free people also sell they resources on the world market? It's time to pressure the corporations and let them know that we the people will no longer tolerate murderous business as usual.
Please take action NOW, so we can win all victories that are supposed to be ours, and forward this message to everyone else you know.
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