Tuesday, September 25, 2007

"We want dialogue"

One thing I'd missed in the reports of Burma's current wave of protests is the claim that protesters are chanting "we want dialogue" (as reported by Jams, and probably loads of sites that I've not seen).

Maybe this is a fairly unremarkable demand that has changed a bit in translation, in order to provide us with a seemingly unusual emphasis. Or maybe the Burmese demand has some insight - and holds a rebuke for the complacency of those of us who live in democracies.

More, better dialogue would be a good idea everywhere.

Meanwhile, I like Eric's quote from the other Eric here.
“When people revolt in a totalitarian society, they rise not against the wickedness of the regime but it weakness”. Eric Hoffer
I hope the optimism is well-founded.

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