Burma’s xenophobic dictators do not deserve to be treated with any civility.
ASEAN has tried and failed miserably when it gave the junta “face” by accepting it as a member of this regional grouping. Since then, Burma has been nothing but an embarrassment for ASEAN.
Other than its being in South-east Asia, the junta has nothing else in common with the other governments of ASEAN.
These despots think nothing of killing its own citizens, keeping its opponents in prison for decades and has notoriously kept its most famous citizen, the Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest for most part of the last 20 years!
Having seen how passive actions such as economic sanctions have failed in extracting any ounce of humanity from these despots , perhaps it is time for an activist United Nations! Time for leaders to do as they please to their own people in the name of "sovereignty" and "principle of non-interference" is over.
Only then will thugs like Zimbabwe’s Mugabe come to their senses and leave the political scene for the good of their own people.
Dr.Huang Shoou Chyuan
03 December 2008 2334 hrs (SST)