Sunday, May 11, 2008

Dr Zar Ni: Waves of suffering wash over my land

The Independent Wednesday, 7 May 2008
The last time Burma hit the headlines it was during the bloody crackdown on Buddhist monk-protesters. This time it is Cyclone Nargis.In their typically superstitious collective psyche, the Burmese would most certainly view Nargis as a bad omen for the entire nation. Seen through Burmese eyes thus, all this devastation and carnage is nothing but the direct result of extreme greed and delusion, utter lack of loving kindness, and concern for public welfare on the part of the regime's leadership.
In short, the Burmese may read Nargis as a form of collective punishment for a society where the rulers have violated Buddhism and the Buddhist order, the society's sacred foundation. The devastation is so great that even the media-shy generals have been forced to declare an emergency in the worst-hit areas and, more importantly, indicate their willingness to receive international aid.
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