Dance while the world burns


There was a military coup in Myanmar — the generals didn’t much care for who the people elected with a democratic vote, so they just rolled in and changed the results, deposing Aung San Suu Kyi and installing Commander in Chief Min Aung Hlaing to run the state. I am relatively happy that the military has a good policy to stay out of politics and wasn’t involved in our recent insurrection.

We need something surreal now and then, though. Here’s a video of a woman in Myanmar doing her workout routine while the coup quietly unrolls behind her.

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  1. says

    I am relatively happy that the military has a good policy to stay out of politics
    Until Trump I assumed this a a given and permanent situation. Now I’m not so sure. I worry that the nationalists are winning.

  2. raven says

    I am relatively happy that the military has a good policy to stay out of politics and wasn’t involved in our recent insurrection.

    It was a close thing though.
    Trump and his band of fascists thought long and hard about declaring martial law and having the military depose our current 234 year old government.
    If you remember, very late in the Trump Disaster, he was replacing all the top people commanding our military. Including the head of our nuclear stockpile.
    Not least, this idea never got too far because the military said they weren’t going to do it.

    To say the military wasn’t involved in our recent attack on the Capitol building isn’t quite correct.
    During the attack, people asked for the National Guard to come and defend the Capitol.
    At least six times.
    They refused 5 of those requests because Trump wouldn’t authorize it.
    It took Nancy Pelosi, the head of the Senate, and VP Pence to get them moving.

    By the time the National Guard arrived, it was too late.
    The Capitol building was cleared by the Washington DC police reinforcing the Capitol Hill police.

  3. ajbjasus says

    @4 Yes, my thoughts too.

    I don’t know what the relative influences of the government and military were in the genocide, but the government was at the very least complicit. A very nasty business, and quite well reported over here.

  4. says

    Listen to the silence, let it ring on
    Eyes, dark grey lenses frightened of the sun
    We would have a fine time living in the night
    Left to blind destruction, waiting for our sight
    We would go on as though nothing was wrong
    Hide from these days, we remained all alone
    Staying in the same place, just staying out the time
    Touching from a distance, further all the time
    Dance, dance, dance, dance, dance, to the radio
    Dance, dance, dance, dance, dance, to the radio
    Dance, dance, dance, dance, dance, to the radio
    Dance, dance, dance, dance, dance, to the radio

    Joy Division

  5. consciousness razor says

    I don’t know what the relative influences of the government and military were in the genocide, but the government was at the very least complicit.

    Sure, including Aung San Suu Kyi herself.

  6. numerobis says

    Oh god, another “both sides” variant?

    The military launched the genocide, alongside various other repression they’ve meted out over the years. Having them be in power is not going to make things better.

  7. erichoug says

    Yeah, I’m not really sure how to feel about this coup. On the one side, the government that just got ousted basically stood around and did nothing about the Rohingya Genocide. Either explicitly or tacitly condoning it. But, the Military that carried out the coup is the same ones committing the genocide.

    So….

    Can we all agree that the genocide would have gotten way more attention if there hadn’t been a reality TV star running the government and the Media spent all it’s time discussing him and his crap?

  8. consciousness razor says

    I don’t blame anyone for being ignorant about this, since I don’t remember it getting much attention at the time either.

    But to be clear, it was not “tacit.” CNN, Nov. 20, 2019:

    Myanmar civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi will personally defend her government from allegations of genocide against the minority Muslim Rohingya – an unusual twist of fate for a Nobel Peace Prize winner.

    Suu Kyi will lead a legal team to the International Court of Justice in the Netherlands, her office said in a statement Wednesday. The small West African nation of Gambia has filed a lawsuit in the world court alleging that Myanmar committed “genocidal acts” that “were intended to destroy the Rohingya as a group” through mass murder, rape, and destruction of communities.

  9. ajbjasus says

    @8

    I don’t see that CR suggested the coup was a good thing – just that the Goverment and military were in cahoots, so the democracy wasn’t working too well either. Or perhaps it was, If the majority of Mayanmar wanted rid of the Rahinga – therein lies the flaw.

  10. gnokgnoh says

    I’ve been in Myanmar several time over the last two years. 110 (25%) of the 440 members of their legislature are appointed by the military. At all top managerial levels of government, there are usually two appointees with different titles, one civilian to do the work, one military to oversee it. The military appointee takes a civilian title, but is usually a general or high ranking officer who then wears civilian clothing. Each has their own staff.

    Aung San Syu Ki never had a chance. She introduced extensive reforms, especially in the civil and commercial sector, but had almost zero influence on security issues. The Rohingya expulsion and genocide was horrific, and she should have resigned, but that was the only option available to her.

  11. nomdeplume says

    I guess that evil looking convoy of black cars and vans was heading off to make arrests?

  12. whheydt says

    Re: raven @ #3…
    Specifically, the President Pro Tem of the Senate. All three are in the line of succession to the presidency. In order: VP, Speaker of the House, President Pro Tem of the Senate.

  13. imback says

    @whheydt #16, and just to name names, on January 6 the President Pro Tem was Sen. Grassley. Now it is Sen. Leahy.

  14. birgerjohansson says

    In case you need to get more depressed …
    Captain Tom – the 100-year-old who raised millions for health care- has died of COVID19.
    He got pneumonia, which prevented him from getting vaccinated.

  15. brightmoon says

    All She Wants To Do Is Dance – Don Henley first thing that popped into my head when I saw the video.

    One of my friends was complaining about me dancing the whole time trump was president. Dancing relieved the stress

  16. says

    @22 brightmoon
    The day after the 2016 election I had tickets for a synthpop show. You’re damn right I danced my ass off the next day. I needed some kind of catharsis.

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