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Burmese Must Unite Against Dictatorship

April 02, 2002

I admire Anna Husarska for her straightforward, practical and very constructive analysis on Burma ("It's Not Easy to Bring Down a Dictator," Commentary, March 28). Four decades have passed, with tens of thousands of people killed, jailed and displaced, and Burma's dictatorship is still as strong and alive as ever. Husarska's analysis on the insufficient unity and focus of the democratic forces in and out of Burma is an accurate assessment.

Burma lacks unified opposition to the regime outside of the country. People inside cannot move, more than what they have done bravely so far. The duty is now with people outside Burma, especially exiled Burmese. We must understand that we have a common enemy, the dictatorship. We must be able to set aside the differences among ourselves in order to establish a united front. Unity will bring victory. I am sure that the democratic governments want to see the Burmese people unite in the quest for democracy and the leadership of Aung San Suu Kyi.

Pye Nyein

San Gabriel

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