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    Sonthi says 'live with Burma'

    Sonthi says 'live with Burma'

    (Agencies) - The Burmese military regime is unlikey to reform anytime soon, Thailand's junta chief Sonthi Boonyaratkalin said on Monday, amid global outrage over a crackdown on pro-democracy protests in Rangoon.

    "The military rulers have their own stance which is unlikely to change. Any pressure to let democracy take place in (Burma) is difficult," said Gen Sonthi, chairman of the Council for National Security in an interview with a local TV station.

    Burma "has developed its own military regime for a long time to protect its national interests," said Sonthi, who last year led a bloodless coup in Thailand that ousted elected premier Thaksin Shinawatra.

    Neighbouring Burma has sparked global outrage over its clampdown on anti-junta demonstrations last week that killed at least 13 people, including a Japanese journalist, and jailed hundreds.

    Defence Minister Boonrawd Somtas told the AFP news agency that the current protests against the Burmese junta were unlikely to bring any political change to the country run by the military since 1962.

    "The ongoing anti-junta movements would start to ease and they are unlikely to lead to any changes" in Burma, he said.

    "Such changes would not happen unless China, India and Russia exert serious pressure on the junta," the minister said.

    China, Burma's staunchest ally and a main trading partner, has always refused to become involved in the "internal affairs" of the Southeast Asian nation.

    Despite global outrage over the Burmese crackdown, China has so far refused to condemn the junta's heavy-handed treatment.

    The anti-junta protests erupted on August 19 in Rangoon after a massive hike in fuel prices, but escalated two weeks ago with the emergence of the Buddhist monks on the front line and drew up to 100,000 people onto the streets last week.

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    Re: Sonthi says 'live with Burma'

    surely you wouldn't expect one military dictator to bad mouth another would you??

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    Re: Sonthi says 'live with Burma'

    I do get the idea that Sonthi is just a little envious of the total power the Burmese Generals have !

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    Re: Sonthi says 'live with Burma'

    They are making too much money in Burma for them to do anything which will change the status quo.

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    Re: Sonthi says 'live with Burma'

    Despite global outrage over the Burmese crackdown, China has so far refused to condemn the junta's heavy-handed treatment.
    I thought this was the winning spin from the Bangkok Post perspective. We need to remember that this is the same Chinese Regime killing the innocent at Tiananmen Square not so long ago.

    I really don't like the feel of this post.
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