European Union Special Envoy to Burma Piero Fassino made a few statements after meetings with Indonesian Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda and Association of Southeast Asian Nations secretary general Surin Pitsuwan. He mentioned the *EU would vote to ease sanctions in Burma if the military junta eased restriction on opponents ahead to the 2010 election.
“It is impossible to achieve a free and fair election if the leader of the opposition is in prison,” he said.
Though well intended it would appear the European Union still does not understand that Burma already had a legal and binding election. The people of Burma have already spoken in the 1990 Election. And they looked to the free world to assist them in their struggle to assert democracy over a criminal regime. Sadly, though unintended, Fassino legitimized a barbaric criminal regime who continues to murder its citizens. He and the EU’s posture were likened to giving Hitler the Sudetenland if he promised to stop killing Jews. Has the European Union forgotten about the human sacrifices that were made for democracy, the ongoing blood letting, torture and imprisonment of the citizens of Burma? What about morality and human rights Fassino?
It should be noted that the European Union does not speak for the citizens of the nations who prescribe to this economical block. Fact is the people of Europe in general are appalled by the activities of Than Shwe’s Burma as well as China’s total disregard for human rights. It is not all about money and material consequence Mr. Fassino. Though the media glossed over his statements in a light of positivity for the people of Burma I found this reprehensible at the very least. In fact, I was shocked to learn the EU has sided with a murderous criminal regime and the illegal election of 2010.
The very notion the EU would make sure the elections of 2010 was fair and safe was shameful. Apparently the EU has decided to ignore the elections of 1990 by offering by participating in this criminally illegal election. This was a slap in the face and an insult to the core tenets of democracy and the voice of the people of Burma. Counterproductive at best this turn of events is totally unacceptable to the freedom fighters who are risking their lives today in Burma. This ridiculously naive approach to the crisis in Burma will surely fuel Than Shwe’s killing machine as more people are arrested, tortured and killed. Mr. Fassino’s misstatements only qualified an illegal election that is not the will of the people of Burma. How far beyond stupid are you Piero Fassino. Hopefully this was an act of ignorance rather than a calculated and intentional move to legitimize Than Shwe’s criminal regime. At some point in time humanity must take precedents over economics or civilization as we know it will cease to exist.
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