It hasn't received as much attention as other world hot spots, but we would be remiss if we didn't know what is happening in Burma (Myanmar). A repressive regime continues to be in control and people are routinely beaten for supporting democracy.
Last month, President Bush announced additional sanctions against the country. President Bush stated, "Burma's rulers continue to defy the world's just demands to stop their vicious persecution. They continue to dismiss calls to begin peaceful dialogue aimed at national reconciliation. Most of all, they continue to reject the clear will of the Burmese people to live in freedom under leaders of their own choosing. "
Additionally, Burmese Christians are persecuted for their faith. A news release from VOM stated "Churches cannot meet. We are quietly meeting in small groups of no more than five to pray for our country. China reports five people have been killed, the British Broadcasting Corporation is saying about 10 have been killed, but our people have seen hundreds of bodies and many more [injured] filling the hospitals."
Actor Sylvester Stallone witnessed the violence first-hand while filming his latest movie "John Rambo" on the Burmese border. Stallone told the Associated Press, "I witnessed the aftermath — survivors with legs cut off and all kinds of land mine injuries, maggot-infested wounds and ears cut off. We saw many elephants with blown off legs. We hear about Vietnam and Cambodia and this was more horrific."
Please take a moment this week to catch up on what is happening in Burma. I've included some links in this blog to help you.
"Government, in my humble opinion, should be formed to secure and to enlarge the exercise of the natural rights of its members; and every government, which has not this in view, as its principal object, is not a government of the legitimate kind." James Wilson, Lectures on Law, 1791