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US and UN face Reality in Burma: Opportunity and Failure | Tim Heinemann, Retired US Army Special Forces
Guerrillas from three ethnic armies holding out in jungle sanctuaries. Two ex-US Army Special Forces volunteer trainers flank them // Photo was taken Nov 2019 on last mission (Tim Heinemann/released)

US and UN face Reality in Burma: Opportunity and Failure | Tim Heinemann, Retired US Army Special Forces

Oppressed ethnic minorities of Burma are today in an existential fight for survival. These have been aided by a small number of volunteer ex-US Special Forces and ex-SEALs, as well as other ex-US military going back to the Vietnam War. This has not made much of a dent in threats (Burmese generals and China) taking ethnics’ ancestral lands rich in natural resources.  This is a mixed situation somewhere between Blood Diamond and Avatar. Context: America’s best chance for a functioning democracy is failing in Burma.  Control of Burma is vital to China’s Indian Ocean dominance.

Three game-changing events are now taking place:   (1) A consortium of Muslim nations petitioned the United Nations International Court of Justice US Government to prosecute Burmese generals for genocide of a Muslim minority group in Western Burma, (2) last week the US Government sanctioned the top Burmese general for genocide of this same group, and (3) last week Burma’s pro-democracy leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Aung San Suu Kyi began the defense of her generals and their crimes before the International court of justice.  A Perfect Storm for USA.

The attached report provides a perspective on US Government’s opportunity to be a game changer in Burma.  This would be by opening up the records for the full exposure of Burmese generals perpetrating genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and crimes of aggression against all ethnic minorities of Burma since World War II. This is a matter of transparently addressing the scope, scale and details of this criminality known to the world’s leading human rights organizations. This is the kind of stand worthy of the US Government as Leader of the Free World.

See the report at this link:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ZiFymZumnFMp-AuJ1RnutnI9I2GBpBje/view?usp=sharing

 

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