February 21, 2007

National Reconciliation in Burma?

Will there ever be a national reconciliation in Burma?

If there should be one, on whose term wil it be? Who will need to compromise and why? How does a national reconciliation process usually work in the international arena? Let's think out loud and think free! Post your comments below.

Thank you.

1 comment:

T. said...

A counter question to all of the questions would be: is there a unififed or a particular definition or framework of "national reconciliation" that have been recognized and agreed upon by all the stakeholders, meaning, the ruling SPDC, cease-fire groups, non-cease-fire groups, NLD, and so on?

The answer is clearly "NO". In fact, there are already problems with stakeholders. Who are the stakeholders and what are their positions? It may be hard to swallow, but the fact of the matter is the only relatively more cohesive one with seemingly common positions among the stakeholders is the SPDC. On the other hand, the survival and the struggle of various opposition groups have been dwindling largely due to their failure to adapt, adjust and equip themselves in line with powerful forces of changing regional and international political and economic, and geo-political realities. Consequently, it does not seem that the so-called opposition groups, armed or non-armed alike, are cohesive and have not been able to come up with some pragmatic and workable common positions. In a nutshell, different groups have different paradigms or their version or desired version of "national reconciliation."

By all means, there should be a national reconciliation. Whose terms will it be? Ideally, it should be that all stakeholders are at equal footing. However,at this point in time, those are willing to smartly play the game with by managing themselves on board onto the moving train are likely to have a say more so than those who just wish and wait for their version of "national reconciliation" to come true.

Who will need to comprise? All the stakeholders. In fact, having to talk about "national reconciliation" is already a compromise to some extent as twenty or more years ago, the tone of the movement was "we will fight and win, and get rid of the military regime."