Kindly just THINK DEEPLY and decide to do what ever you all think you need to and could or dare to do.
I hereby republish my article I had written in Burma Digest with the Pseudonym, Shwe Ba, which I had republished in my political blog, San Oo Aung.
As SPDC = SLORC = USDP = Present Myanmar Military and Government, you could replace or upgrade the names in the following article as necessary.
PREFACE: I wish to relate my words to Dr. Tayza of Burma Digest regarding my reasons to choose this pen-name, Shwe Ba (FYI, I was the Editor of that online magazine and Dr. Tayza was the Chief Editor. I have a dozen of Pseudonym)…U Thu Kha had given that name Shwe Ba because his minthar (famous actor) “Kyaw Swe” was rude on him. He said the new actor he trained and shoot would be a better more famous Ah Ba of the previous Kyaw Swe. As Shwe Ba was also a Muslim, I took that name…to be the Ah Ba of (Sr General) THAN SHWE.
Posted on April 29, 2008 by sanooaung
Let’s show our hatred to SPDC
As SHWE BA (BURMA DIGEST)
For everything there is a season,
And a time for every matter under heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die;
A time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
A time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to seek, and a time to lose;
A time to keep, and a time to throw away;
A time to tear, and a time to sew;
A time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate,
A time for war, and a time for peace.
We all know that many of our opposition members are talking about civil disobedience and looking forward to see a miracle to happen on 666. Professor Dr. Salai Tun Than had bravely called the start of the battle. We have to support and help him.
The started revolution fire of Dr. Salai Tun Than must not die!
In civil disobedience, we need to choose methods to deliberately break some SPDC laws. Some of the easy less risky nonviolent actions we could choose are:
- Material defiance (This will be explained in detail in the later part of this article.)
- deliberate inefficiencies
- non-cooperation of civil servants
- political non-cooperation
- assistance to persecuted people
- refusal of collaboration
- maintenance of autonomy of independent organizations and institutions
- go slows
- Women and girls refuse to make friend with the SPDC soldiers and collaborators.
This is the time to show our hatred and disapproval to the illegal rulers of our country. Showing our hatred to Myanmar Military Government, USDP, Swarn Arr Shins and cohorts is another option for us in civil disobedience campaign. It is disgraceful to be associated with the Myanmar Military Government, USDP and Swarn Arr Shins.. Myanmar/Burma needs self consciences people that hate the cruel government. We all have an obligation to devote our life to fighting for justice, but we also have a responsibility not to give injustice our practical support by keeping quiet, remained submissive, obedient, loyal and subservient.
Philosopher-cum-thinker John Saul in his book, ‘The Unconscious Civilization’ wrote: “Conformism, loyalty and silence are so admired and rewarded.” Yes those keep quiet could be rewarded for their well behaviour or decorum. They could get some left-overs after the Myanmar Military Government, USDP and Swarn Arr Shins.Cohorts’ big feast. Hatred in our heart and mind is not very effective although it is better than loving to cooperate as the collaborators hoping to get a chance to lick the left over bones!
Nowadays the popular saying is “To walk the talk” but I hereby wish to state that “We need to walk our THOUGHTS”. We are already talking about starting a civil disobedience. We should plan and consider various methods as a “diversity of tactics”. To be effective, tactics must be carefully chosen, taking into account Myanmar Military Government, USDP and Swarn Arr Shins. and Burmese political and cultural circumstances, and we need to plan different tactical approaches as part of a larger plan or strategy to overthrown them.
Nonviolence civil disobedience is good during the colonial days but it tends to give very slow results or used to achieve political changes much later only. And we all know that Colonial Masters were gentlemen, respect the Human Rights and there was the Rule of Law then. Myanmar Military Government, USDP and Swarn Arr Shins. thugs are inhumane, never respect Human Rights and they rule by the law of jungle. They even fail to observe the International Law of engagement, in the Ethnic Minority areas, which is the guiding principle of each and every war. For the Myanmar Military Government, USDP and Swarn Arr Shins., might is always right and power and law come out from the barrel of the gun only. Worse of all is even that the law of the jungle coming out of the Myanmar Military Government, USDP and Swarn Arr Shins. guns are ever changing according to their whims and fancies.
During times of war, hatred becomes quite respectable, even though it has to masquerade often under the guise of patriotism. (Howard Thurman)
Some of our readers may think that as my name is Shwe Ba, I am advocating the violent methods of Shwe Ba movies as there were even a popular catch phrase for the old Shwe Ba’s films was ‘Shwe Ba ah they cha’ and ‘Shwe Ba_ah sa daw nar myi’ at first Shwe Ba had to suffer at first in the hands of villains but at last Shwe Ba always win. (My friend Bo Aung Din already explained about this in his Compassionate letters to Nan.)
Without something to hate, we should lose the very spring of thought and action. (William Hazlitt)
Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. That’s where the fruit is. (H. Jackson Browne)
Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. (Helen Keller)
With courage you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate, and the wisdom to be humble. Courage is the foundation of integrity. (Keshavan Nair)
So I hereby wish to propose one method of civil disobedience to show our hatred to the SPDC and cohorts. This is defined as material defiance under nonviolence civil disobedience.
- Target the following persons and properties of Myanmar Military Government, USDP and Swarn Arr Shins:
- Military vehicles.
- Police cars.
- Myanmar Military Government, USDP and Swarn Arr Shins. affiliated organizations’ vehicles.
- Myanmar Military Government, USDP and Swarn Arr Shins. propaganda sign boards around the country.
- What to do? Try to vandalize or deface or spoil or ruin or damage or dent or scratch or disfigure or mutilate or graze or sabotage them by any of the following means.
- Throw dirty water or mud.
- Throw old engine oil.
- Throw animal blood.
- Throw eggs, better if rotten.
- Throw tomato, better if rotten.
- Not very nice to write but if dare to do, throw waste or organic waste or even shits packages or urine packages.
- Those who are brave enough, target any soldier, police, Kyant Phut, Swarn Arr Shin or their relatives and do the above acts.
You can do it in the markets, on the roads in the town or on the rural roads or while they are guarding at the gate posts.
There may be some revenge mass punishments on the people around that area but those sabotaging acts of hatred may start the circle of hatred.
Their ammunition and firing power is too big to fight one by one as noble Knights. At least they may know that we, most of the citizens hate them and are against them. No need to be ashamed. Anyone doing these is not cowards. We all would regard those acts as very brave acts against the very powerful enemy.
There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. (Anais Nin)
So we all citizens of Burma should not just quietly let the iron grip of Myanmar Military Government, USDP and Swarn Arr Shins squeeze and crush us. Let free the democracy to blossom with our safe civil disobedience struggle. Now Myanmar Military Government, USDP and Swarn Arr Shins. is attacking relentlessly on NLD and Ethnic Minorities. “The best defense is attack”. That was a very popular saying in football. Our best defence for now is to attack back. These Myanmar Military Government, USDP and Swarn Arr Shins. thugs are very brave to attack Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and NLD because they are strictly adhering to their non-violence methods.
One doesn’t discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time. (Andre Gide)
Non-poisonous snakes are not even respected by the children. If we are weak, we are always exposed to the exploitations of the bullies and thuds. See what Myanmar Military Government, USDP and Swarn Arr Shins. are doing on NLD leaders including Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. We have to prepare and strengthen our-selves physically, intellectually, economically, socially, mentally, spiritually etc.
We must always hope for the best and prepare for the worst.
If something went wrong and we failed – don’t blame others. Accept it gracefully.
There is a saying, “the success has a lot of fathers and the failure is an orphan.”
Almost all the people will deny their responsibility. We have to accept the failure with the open mind. No need to make a witch hunt or search for the scapegoat. After accepting the failure, we have to search for the real cause, without bias. What, where, when, why and how it fails.
Who is responsible is not important. Even if some-one accidentally or intentionally triggered our downfall or failure, it is very difficult to blame or change that person. Don’t be a paranoid.
It is our struggle. It is our interest to make sure that, that person could not damage our struggle, in any way. We have to make sure that, that won’t happen again. It is our responsibility to smooth out all because it is our own struggle for our success.
From all the failures and disasters, we must learn the lessons. These are blessings in disguise. Make those failures pillars for our success. Try! Try! Try! Again and again and again till we succeed. Never give up the hope. Thomas Edison had failed about five hundred thousand times before he successfully invented an electric bulb. Don’t stop trying. Think and analyze what went wrong. Correct it. Improve it. Prepare your-self. Try again.
Victory is for those dare to try again and again. Perseverance is the key-word for success.
Easy success is actually neither very sweet nor precious. Victory gained after a lot of struggles are really sweat and gratifying. Don’t forget that easy to get Iron and Copper are cheap.
Gold, Diamond and Ruby are precious because it is rare and difficult to get.
Actually power comes from within. If we all have confidence, self respect, and if strongly believe that we are not a simple weak person, but we are brave willing to work hard and ready to sacrifice, one day will surely progress, there is definitely a very bright future of crowning with the success. Inner spiritual strength is more important and always guides the outer physical power. Even if we are weak physically, inner spiritual and mental strength and power will guide, train and convert it to become powerful.
The important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become. (Charles DuBois)
We must take some risk to get to our destination of Democratic Secular Federal Union of Burma.Even if you think my plan is some form of violence and could not accept, just read this great Philosopher’s thoughts:
“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent in doing nothing.” (George Bernard Shaw)
Rahmat said _
Well done respected Mr.Shwe Ba You have discovered the first step toward victory, in other word you have solve the half of the problem and the other half would be the effective action .
As a Burmese intellectual you have perform your obligation very well . I hope all Burmese Intellectuals united, irrespective of their race and cast to bring justice, peace, stability and prosperity to the people of Burma .