Myanmar Violence: a Slow Burn US Proxy War

The ongoing violence in Myanmar may have faded into the background of global media coverage as much more intense conflict shapes up within and along Ukraine’s borders in Eastern Europe and as Washington raises the prospect of direct conflict with China in Asia. However, Myanmar’s conflict serves as a point of destabilization which may impact the wider stability of Southeast Asia and thus undermine China in a more indirect but still significant manner.

Myanmar’s Fight Against Foreign Interference

The conflict began when Myanmar’s military took power from the government of Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy (NLD) party in February 2021. While the Western media portrays this as an undemocratic military dictatorship deposing an elected government – Aung San Suu Kyi and the NLD through their collective US backing – had hijacked the nation’s electoral system.

The US National Endowment for Democracy’s (NED) webpage for Myanmar (still called by its British colonial nomenclature “Burma” by the NED) has at least 57 programs and organizations listed involving every aspect of Myanmar’s society from education and the judicial system, to media, ethnic relations, political campaigning, and supposed “human rights” advocacy groups.

With millions of dollars a year pouring in from the US government through NED, a powerful political machine was created capable of effortlessly installing into power pro-Western candidates through elections tainted by this blatant and extensive foreign interference.

Compounding this foreign interference was the fact that Aung San Suu Kyi’s administration included as key high-level advisors two British citizens (Robert San Pe and Joseph Fisher) and an Australian citizen (Sean Turnell). They crafted policy for everything from overhauling Myanmar’s judicial system, to its economic policy, to rewriting Myanmar’s constitution.

The military’s seizure of power was meant to uproot this foreign interference and restore sovereignty throughout Myanmar’s institutions.

Violent protests against the ousting of Aung San Suu Kyi quickly escalated into armed conflict with the backing of the United States, its allies, and a vast network across Southeast Asia of so-called “nongovernmental organizations” (NGOs) funded by Western governments. The remnants of Aung San Suu Kyi’s government formed the “National Unity Government” (NUG) which in turn created an armed “People’s Defense Force” (PDF).

Hundreds have died in the violence. While the Western media claimed Myanmar was heading into “civil war,” in reality the prospect of war has mostly subsided and has been replaced instead by the persistent threat of a high-intensity terrorist campaign carried out by the NUG’s PDFs as well as opportunistic armed ethnic groups that have on-and-off fought Myanmar’s central government since the nation gained independence from Britain in 1948.

Slow Burn Terrorism Sold by the West as “Fighting for Freedom”

Just as the Western media attempted to pass off Al Qaeda and the so-called “Islamic State” in Syria as “freedom fighters,” or paper over Nazi military formations operating within the Ukrainian military, the fact that Myanmar’s opposition is waging a nationwide terrorist campaign has been continsously spun by the likes of the BBC.

A recent BBC video report titled, “Inside the people’s resistance in Myanmar” follows armed fanatics as they destroy civilian infrastructure, raid guard shacks, and at one point in the video – plan and then supposedly storm and destroy the private home of an individual accused of being an “informant” – an accusation that when directed at members of opposition as grounds for arrest by Myanmar’s government is dismissed by Western “rights” groups and governments as “politically motivated.”

The BBC never produces any evidence that the targeted home belonged to an actual informant nor explains how extrajudicial violence against “informants” is justified. The BBC filmed the “raid” which appears entirely staged, complete with BBC cameras set up inside the home to film the militants arriving and entering the house.

While the BBC’s footage was obvious propaganda, the targeting of innocent civilians by deadly vigilantism in support of the ousted US-sponsored client regime is all too real.

The US government through the NED funds virtually every English-language media platform operating in or around Myanmar including Myanmar NowThe Irrawaddy, Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB), and Mizzima. And it is in the pages of these media platforms that admissions are piecemeal made to the level of terrorism and mass murder the “people’s resistance” actually consists of.



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