How did Myanmar President Thein Sein con the world?
It was a textbook example of an effective propaganda campaign – “manufacturing a reformist” out of Mr NOTHING.
First, Myanmar President Thein Sein succeeded in conning Daw Aung San Suu Kyi first.
On her part, having fallen to the regime’s psych-war.charm offensive, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was compelled to help Thein Sein, well, con the whole world.
Thein Sein also has a team of western educated spin-masters including U Thant’s grandson Thant Myint-U, Ben Anderson’s student Kyaw Yin Hlaing, the whole EGRESS team and their networks of western diplomats, investors, brokers, foreign foundations, NGOs, UN staff, journalists, academics, broadcasters, etc.
Here is Zaganar’s strategic insights into the world of Burmese politics worth studying.
That Thein Sein was a Con-Man with no real substance, much less reformer, has been my contention from the day Thein Sein assumed nominally highest office in the land – Presidency.
Earlier this week the country’s famed political comedian and dissident Zaganar reinforced my view when he shared his first hand knowledge of Thein Sein and Aung San Suu Kyi in the 2-part interview with the Voice Weekly.
Within hours, the Voice took down the interviews.
Here is the relevant gist of what Zarganar has to say about 2015 elections, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi,
1) On Thein Sein
I interviewed and/or filmed President Thein Sein 3 times. I got a chance to do a close-up examination of the man, the make-up of his team, their quality. President is NOTHING (meaning has no substance). (Zarni’s remark: ex-General San Yu, Ne Win’s deputy made “President” in the 1980’s, was also known to be a substance-less man; precisely because these men had no backbones or substance did these despots pick them to play Yo-Yo). Ah, the world’s media, leaders, etc. – out of their own respective logic and interests -keep on portraying this President NOTHING as “reformer”! LOL!)
2). Daw Aung San Suu Kyi
There is nobody like her among us whom the world would listen to. There is no replacement.
3). On ASSK’s (misplaced) trust in Thein Sein
“Aunty told me to just trust President Thein Sein. So, I asked what percentage should I trust him. She replied, “100%”. I was taken aback because her trust was based on a single meeting.”
4) On 88 Generation Leaders
Well, there are really a total of 7 of them. Long years of imprisonment have taken a huge toll on them. Min Ko Naung, Ko Ko Gyi, Pyone Choe, etc. have exhausted their potential. They can do no more. They know it.
5) On 2015 elections
I have never been excited about 2015 elections, to be blunt. Everyone talks about. But political parties and opposition have no capable ‘min-laungs’ or prospective leaders to lead. So our goal ought to be 2020. We need to get about 450 capable candidates between
the ages of 30 and 40 and get them ready for (later election cycles).