Skepticism regarding the Myanmar Tatmadaw’s usual Big Lies

Skepticism regarding the

Myanmar Tatmadaw’s usual Big Lies 


Dr San Oo Aung 


Nazi Propaganda Chief,  Information Minister Joseph Goebbels’ Big Lie theory was a propaganda technique in which the lie is so complex that the public will either dismiss it as impossible or choose not to believe it out of willful ignorance.

Hitler’s primary rules were: never allow the public to cool off; never admit a fault or wrong; never concede that there may be some good in your enemy; never leave room for alternatives; never accept blame; concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything that goes wrong; people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; and if you repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it.

Iraq Saddam Hussein’s Information Minister, Comical Ali, Muhammad Saeed al-Sahhaf claimed on the 7th. April 2003 that there was no American troops in Baghdad, and that the Americans were committing suicide by the hundreds at the city’s gates. At that time, American tanks were patrolling the streets only a few hundred yards from the location where the press conference was held. His last public appearance as Information Minister was on 8th. April, 2003, when he said that the Americans “are going to surrender or be burned in their tanks. They will surrender; it is they who will surrender”.

The SPDC head, Propaganda expert, Senior General Than Shwe offered to meet and have direct talks with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, only if she abandoned her attitude of “confrontation” and repealed her call for foreign sanctions against the country. SPDC Myanmar news media reported that the SPDC leader had told Ibrahim Gambari, that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has called for confrontation, utter devastation, economic sanctions and all other sanctions and if she “announces publicly she has given up these four things, he would hold direct talks”.

U.N. special envoy Ibrahim Gambari, told reporters after briefing the Security Council, “From my own conversation, she appears to be very anxious to have a proper dialogue” provided there were no preconditions.

But the whole world knows that the Senior General’s offer is neither sincere nor coming from the heart with the pure desire for a real dialogue. Seemed to be aiming for the deflecting the international outrage, Myanmar television broadcast shown the pictures of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, addressing or mentioning her name respectfully as Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, in contrast to the numerous previous references, calling her with various derogatory names and adjectives.

This is just a stage-show to deflect the public and international outrage after SPDC Military had brutally suppressed, assaulted, arrested, tortured about six thousand and murdered few hundred of peaceful demonstrators and revered monks.

Preconditions are cleverly put by the propaganda expert Than Shwe so that it would be difficult for Daw Suu and NLD to accept, forced them to reject and looked or seems to be the hardliners who rejected the dialogue.

If Daw Suu and NLD accept, the sections of US and EU would become meaningless and effectively prevented the future UNSC sanctions.

For his part he just needs to be seen with Daw Suu, publicize that stage-show of the meeting in all the media. May be hand shake, dinner or just sitting side by side, enough, finished. FULL STOP. No need to get a proper discussion, dialogue, reconciliation or talks of democratization and power sharing or power transfer.

SPDC and Than Shwe could be able to defuse the anger of the world and save the faces of their friends; China, Russia, India and ASEAN esp. Singapore and Malaysia, who would applause and go on supporting and exploiting Myanmar for another few decades.

Procrastination and buying time is the ultimate goal of the SPDC Junta.

If they are really sincere;

  1. no need to wait for nearly twenty years,

  2. no need to perform a Depayin Massacre

  3. nor need to brutally massacred the uprising people in 1988 and the present peaceful demonstrations of monks and the people.

  4. And no need to continue their nightly terror of raiding and arresting the people,

  5. no need to continue detention and torture of the political activists, monks, 88 generation leaders, NLD leaders, Ethnic Minority leaders and Daw Suu.

At the same time, the SPDC media is repeatedly declaring that Myanmar Military Government   is steadfastly going to continue the cracking down on democratic forces until the opposition is totally eliminated or annihilated or totally uprooted.

Myanmar Military leaders used to cheat the whole world many times;

  1. First, with the promise of the free and fair election.

  2. Later when they lost they were not ashamed to ignore the results of the election and tried to cancel the election result by refusing to transfer the executive power of the country

  3. Myanmar Tatmadaw generals  tried to give excuses by changing the aim of the election.

  4. Then they come up with the National Convention

  5. and the seven-step roadmap to democracy which is never leading to any democracy but to the total dominance of the military in all the fields of Burma; political, economy etc.

Myanmar Military propaganda machine is very smart to find a way to defuse mounting international and internal pressure every time;

  1. after the 1988 massacre,

  2. after the repeated arrest or

  3. extensions of detention of Daw Suu,

  4. after ignoring the results of the election,

  5. after the Depayin massacre

  6. and the recent Massacre of monks, peaceful demonstrators and the Japanese photo-journalist.

So SPDC, UN, China, Russia, India and ASEAN leaders should not blame us for not believing or trusting the SPDC General. But they must blame the Myanmar Tatmadaw Generals themselves for our pessimist views on the current offer of Than Shwe for a dialogue. It is not the Daw Suu or NLD must take time to build the trust but SPDC Generals should walk their talk to earn out trust.

UN must forced Myanmar Generals to show their sincerity by releasing all the political prisoners and started the multi party dialogue of NLD led by Daw Suu, Ethnic Minorities under the watchful eyes of UN, US, EU and their trusted cronies, China, Russia, India and ASEAN leaders. And all of the dialogue partners must undertake that they would accept the results of the dialogue.

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