How colonial

Myanmar’s top general Min Aung Hlaing is strangling a democracy. What will the west do about it?
Simon Tisdall

A proclamation issued by the court of King Thibaw in 1885 which called on his countrymen to liberate Lower Burma was used by the British as pretext that he was a tyrant who reneged on his treaties and they decided to complete the conquest they had started in 1824.

Entirely, wholly, different, isn’t it?

8 thoughts on “How colonial”

  1. What, the Guardian is *advocating* that we tell the fuzzy-wuzzies how to run their country, and back it up with gunboats?

  2. At times I feel like channelling my inner Hancock (Tony, not Matt) and saying “Westphalia, did she die in vain?”

  3. It’s always “British colonialism was horrific”. They never seem to look and see the alternatives were worse (bit Like Churchill’s view of democracy, not that we have that anymore either).

  4. ‘ Myanmar’s top general Min Aung Hlaing is strangling a democracy. What will the west do about it?’

    Continue as it is, following his example and that of China.

    I wonder how anyone dare talk about the West as an exemplar and bastion of democracy after the last 18 months.

  5. What, the Guardian is *advocating* that we tell the fuzzy-wuzzies how to run their country

    No. The grauniad is advocating that they tell the fuzzy-wuzzies how to run their country.

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