Friday, June 22, 2012

Buffalohair, Burma: Heavy Fighting Continues in Kachin and Shan States

Burma: Heavy Fighting Continues in Kachin and Shan States

Burma’s war against the Kachin people has gone under the radar of the mainstream media for over a year. Only a few days ago the Kachin commemorated a year since the Military Junta of Burma first broke a 17 year old ceasefire. It’s been a tumultuous time in *Kachinland with heavy shelling and gun battles accruing casualties from both junta and Kachin forces. Vanquished Burmese troops surrendered to elite Kachin troops; battles rage across the region threatening major trade routes and pipelines and the media is still asleep at the wheel. At least Suu Kyi told a packed and bedazzled UK Parliament about the plight of the Kachin people. The ‘New Lies of Myanmar’ will undoubtedly have a field day with that revelation.

Burmese troops continue to terrorize and murder in usual flare, innocent civilians continue to be killed indiscriminately and not just in Kachinland. Nearly 80,000 internally displaced Jinghpaw people filled refugee centers months ago and the population continues to grow in yet another human tragedy. In spite of economic hardships in the region the impassioned **Chinese community of Myitkyina donated 20 million kyat (US$23,529) to help ease the suffering of the Kachin IDP’s in this noble gesture. For them, this saga is very real and unfolding before their eyes. This act of compassion says volumes about the fabric of the Chinese community in Kachinland and I applaud their efforts.

How much longer will the mainstream media continue to ignore the Kachinland War in Burma? Exactly how many people must be killed and infrastructure destroyed before the world responds to Burma’s ethnic cleansing of the Kachin people? The ink is not even dry on ***Shan State’s truce and Burmese troops continue to attack Shan troops and positions. ****The New Mon State Party is growing suspicious of Burma’s pseudo ceasefire and curious stipulations. What a contrast to this image of a new and improved Burma. It is as if the 2008 and the 2010 elections never happened for the Kachin, Shan, Mon, Rakhine and a host of other tribes who don’t get western media attention. In reality these elections were a sham anyway.

If ever there was a David and Goliath tale to be told it would have to be about the Kachin soldiers and their allies who continue to fend off hoards of well equipped and supplied Burmese troops loaded with aircraft, artillery and heavy armor. Biological and Chemical Weapons are used with impunity on civilian targets by the Nay Pyi Daw Cartel thugs. To the junta’s chagrin victory is hard fought and the very existence of the Jinghpaw people is a testament to the grit and determination of the KIO, KIA and their growing list of allies & supporters who oppose Burma’s eugenic aspirations against the Jinghpaw.  

Raw courage and absolute faith within their Christian belief system along with intensive training are key elements in achieving the impossible for Kachin soldiers. They are the true heroes of this ‘Secret War” in Southeast Asia for they are protecting their people from genocide plain and simple. The Kachin are not going to give up on their people and ancient homeland any time soon. No matter how many western mining companies are waiting in the wings to pounce on Kachinland’s natural resources the Kachin will fight to the last man or woman to protect their nation. Corporate interests would have been wise to side with the Kachin rather than thugs and rapists but like the ole saying goes; “Birds of a Feather Flock Together” and now we know where corporate loyalties lay.


For current information and how you can support the Kachin people directly contact;
Rev. La Seng Labya
Dallas/Fort Worth Kachin Baptist Church
P.O.BOX 121603,
Arlington, Texas 76012
Phone: (214) 228 4125

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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Buffalohair, Putting a Face on the People the Media Ignores, The Kachin

Putting a Face on the People the Media Ignores, ‘The Kachin’

Not much is being said about the war in Kachinland. Crimes against humanity, bold acts of genocide being committed and the mainstream media is silent. Men, women and children are being tortured and slaughtered by the Burmese government and all we can think of is lifting sanctions and gaining access to Kachinland’s burgeoning natural resources. Small wonder mankind is screwed.

Over 75 thousand Kachin refugees are packing centers along the border to well over capacity in yet another humanitarian crisis. Disease and hunger already plague the survivors of Burma’s genocide. Just remember it was the junta that broke a 17 year old ceasefire in the first place about a year ago in Kachinland. Conveniently called an internal issue, the west chooses to ignore this criminal intrusion into sovereign Kachin territory. It is a crime of epic proportions to allow for Burma to murder their way into another sovereign nation yet the UN (Useless Nimrods) does nothing, as usual.

The only thing that stands in the way of total devastation is the soldiers of the Kachin Independence Organization and the Kachin Independence Army. With limited resources they are fighting a valiant war to defend the lives of their people from Burmese marauders who wish to take over their resource rich nation. With the help of the western media this struggle for survival has gone on with very little notice for over a year. Only now word is getting out around the world and people are beginning to asking why this is happening.

The Kachin are an ancient culture who has occupied this territory for well over 7,000 years, according to Chinese archeologists who’ve dated artifacts found in Kachin occupied regions both in China and Burma. The Kachin have a history that intermingles with other tribes of Asia and these alliances run deep and all the way in the China’s CCP. This could explain the turmoil within China’s government when addressing the Kachin issue since there are literally millions of people who sympathize with the Kachin throughout China and Asia.

In America’s hast to gain a foothold in Asian politics and resources they set themselves back centuries by ignoring the Kachin. According to many Asian observers America showed the worst face possible to the Asian world by turning their back on an old ally. It was said the west was a superficial culture and the betrayal of the Kachin only solidified their view of this immature culture. Whether Asians were pro or anti west the betrayal of the Kachin will be remembered within the history of many Asian cultures associated with the Kachin. Ignorance or ambivalence to Asia’s complex alliances and associations will be the west’s ultimate undoing.

The Kachin are human beings just like you and I. They have embraced western religion and live with honor & respect and I find that very appealing. In fact it is their indomitable faith that has kept them together through this holocaust, absolute faith. Their adherence to Christian morality while retaining their ancient customs is a rich blend and a complement to their culture. I always find myself overwhelmed by their generosity and warmth at gatherings and their homes. They are an intelligent, articulate people and truly an asset to the communities they reside in. I do love their food and if you were ever fortunate enough to dine with the Kachin you will know what I am talking about. So I ask; why is it OK to let these people be slaughtered in cold blood?

My personal bond with the Kachin is as ancient as the story about the eldest of 7 brothers within Kachin oral history. Within this tale of Shan Htoi Gam is a link the Kachin hold close to their hearts and that is their sacred bond with the natives of the Americas. Within the context of their oral history they lay claim to blood lineage to my people. It is ironic they are suffering much like my people did about 100 years ago. And it’s the same old thing, they live on resource rich land and someone else wants to steal it from them. Only this time corporate interests are allowing the corrupt junta of Burma to do their dirty work much like General George Armstrong Custer did in America. It’s OK to let Kachin be murdered for its ‘Manifest Destiny’ that Kachinland be striped of her natural wealth so industry can prosper. The extermination of the Kachin people is just collateral damage.

Kachinland is not a part of Burma for the Kachin people fought long and hard along side allied forces to preserve their autonomy. General Aung San of Burma worked with ethnic groups to form the Panglong Agreement of 1947 giving both Kachinland and other ethnic nation’s autonomy before he was assassinated. It makes me wonder who actually signed Aung San’s death sentence. To listen to the western media you would think the Kachin Freedom Fighters were simply ‘rebels’ or some minor dissident faction when nothing could be further from the truth. They are soldiers fighting for their nation and the world is being deceived. Why doesn’t anyone question the media about their veritable news blackout of Kachinland news? I stand with the Kachin and it’s about time the rest of the world did the same.

For more information on Burma’s Secret War;
Kachin Baptist Church
Kachin News Group
Kachinland News
Situation in Kachinland

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