Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Junta Heads for the Hills

As you might have seen over the weekend, the weird and awful ruling junta of Myanmar gathered up its stuff and fled the capital for the inland mountains:
The intense secrecy surrounding the move has fueled speculation over its motives, with one popular theory -- talked about on the streets of Yangon as well as by Myanmar-language radio news services abroad -- being that it was because the new capital would be easier to defend if the United States attacked.

Washington is a major critic of the ruling junta for its poor human rights record and its failure to hand over power to a democratically elected government.

Work on the new capital reportedly began in earnest around the time that the United States invaded Afghanistan and as it geared up for a war in Iraq, in the wake of the September 2001 terrorists attacks on its soil. . . .

The military government quietly began building the new capital more than three years ago, and it is believed to host a prime minister's residence, diplomatic quarters, an airport, hospital, a golf course, hotels and nearly 40 buildings for each ministry -- each of which can accommodate 500 people -- and a separate complex that houses military headquarters and bunkers.
Full article.

The government apparently left the old capital at precisely 6:37 a.m. on Sunday -- some have speculated that the move is made on the advice of astrologists. News flash for the junta: we couldn't invade you guys now if we wanted to.

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