The current regime faces an unprecedented war in the Burmese homeland and its ruinous policies must be testing the patience of its crony financial backers.
Myanmar’s first post-independence dictator, the “butcher” of the 1988 pro-democracy uprising and ultranationalist monk U Wirathu are among those honored by Min Aung Hlaing.
Military officers have taken over key positions in the civil service since the coup.
Ending military rule forever is the only way to break a pattern dating to 1962 that has seen 10% of the country’s 54 mn people flee in search of a more secure future.
Min Aung Hlaing’s coup and its aftermath remind us that power in Myanmar has always been exercised as a personal prerogative of leadership, whether military or civilian.
Since the coup, an already sinister list has become much darker, with junta chief Min Aung Hlaing outdoing even his evil predecessors.
A political dissident and a rebel army officer were both executed by the then junta in the 1970s.
Pornpimol Kanchanalak should recall the history of bilateral ties before putting too much stock in a ‘special relationship’ between Bangkok and the Myanmar military.
Also this week, the regime goes into defensive mode as it puts its troops on “emergency alert” and Karen State has become the deadliest place in Myanmar for junta soldiers.
Min Aung Hlaing honored his predecessors and artists from British colonial times with posthumous medals.
It is a historical irony that Armed Forces Day, commemorated on March 27, marks the day in 1945 that Gen. Aung San’s army rose up against Imperial Japan.
Regime boss Min Aung Hlaing is also unrivaled in his brutality and cruelty, which exceed those of even his notorious predecessors Ne Win and Than Shwe.
Ne Win’s 1962 coup was the root of the evils that plague Myanmar today. Min Aung Hlaing chose to perpetuate those evils—a choice that will, in time, be his downfall.