April 10, 2021

In their savage and insane lust for power the Min Aung Hlaing dictatorship is attempting a world first. (Call the Guinness Book of World Records!)

A genocide is when a particular group is targeted. It is a direct effort to eliminate a people, perhaps not the entire extant population, but at a minimum those communities that live in areas the killers control. So we had the genocide of the Jews by the Nazis, not only in Germany but in Poland and France and elsewhere where they seized power. And the genocide of the Armenians by the Turks. And the genocide of the Bosnians by the Serbs. And the genocide of the Tutsi by the Hutu. And the genocide of the South Sudanese by the Sudanese. And the genocide of the Rohingya.

But now, the Min Aung Hlaing junta is using mortars, grenade launchers and machine guns to slaughter the protestors in the cities and towns, and jet and helicopter and artillery attacks to kill villagers in the country. The dictatorship is overtly trying to murder as many people as possible, and from most of Burma's different ethnic groups.

It's not a classic genocide. Over the centuries the Bamar rulers have perpetrated classic genocide many times: Against the Pyu; the Mon; the Arakan; the Shan, Karenni and Karen; and the Rohingya. It seems they have reached the logical conclusion, "New Genocide," to kill everyone, from all the groups that stand in their way.

Welcome to Burma, the home of the world's first "multi-genocide."

Will the U.N., the United Nothing, continue to do nothing?