to the Armed Revolutionaries Forces"
by (Mahn Robert BaZan)
Mr. Chairman and all democratic freedom fighters,
I bring you very special greetings from Karen Solidarity Organization
(KSO). I am deeply honored to have this opportunity to present this
paper with the heading " Render support to the Armed Revolutionaries
Forces" First of all I would like to give my regards and salute
to the freedom fighters who had fallen, dedicating their precious
lives while they fought for federal union and liberation of the
entire country from the "Crutches of Tyranny"
For our father golden land to become peaceful and prosperous democratic
country, the first thing we need to do is to dig deep and root out
the SPDC military dictatorship. So long as there is fascist like
military dictatorship no country, no region and nowhere would there
be peace and progress. If we wish Burma to become democratic we
need to weed out the military dictators. Period.
Liquidation of SPDC military dynasty from Burma is not to object
the face to face consultation for national reconciliation. It is
not an alternative either. According to the historical process of
Burma, Bo Ne Win used the guns to suppress in 1962 and to hoodwink
the nation and the entire ethnic societies. Whenever he called for
consultation it was not a face to face equal discussion but similar
to a dog up on golden throne barking loud and giving orders. Whenever
called for negotiation the military regime begged to lay down arms
and bow down to them. This arrogant and heavy handed attitude was
always met with outright rejection. No question about it.
It is still a long way to go for the dictators and the democratic
forces to have face to face consultation. And the distance is much
further apart for the ethnic groups to play its role and have tripartite
The country is in a stand still and this is because of the arrogant
stubborn attitude of the men in military uniform. We categorically
demand all SPDC military personal to go back to the barracks and
guard dutifully the future government that is to form made up of
Burman and the ethnic group. SPDC generals can rule only in the
military by given orders, however, there is no way to behave similarly
in ruling the country.
`In building the nation to become democratic society the military
role is only to become a watch dog and nothing else. Fire and water
never mix and in the same way dictatorship and democracy can never
mingle. Only the elected officials can participate in leading the
If the military personal like to participate they must hand over
power to the 1990 elected officials, respect them and shed their
military uniform. Then only they can participate in politics when
Revolutionary leaders believe that for a revolution to become
successful it needs three categories viz: party, army and multi-ethnic
alliance. Our democratic revolution needs the above mentioned three
(1) In the current Burmese democratic revolutionary movement it
is made up of (NLD/NCUB/NCGUB). The question is who is leading what
and whom are we to follow. It is very puzzling.
(2) To remove SPDC half million men army and to set up a new democratic
country we need combination of multi-ethnic forces and non-violence
means of fighting is a far cry. Unless and until we form multi-ethnic
armed revolutionary forces we will be like a paralyzed man.
(3) We now urgently need multi-ethnic revolutionary forces of Burma
in diaspora. (Political, military and organization) is essential
to co-ordinate and co-operate for us to realize our dreams of democracy.
For us not to become paralyzed I like to put up about armed revolution.
We need to abolish theory without practical or practical without
theory. It is time that we do that.
(a) Wholehearted support to the multi-ethnic revolutionary forces
who are defending their identity and dignity.
(b) Plan and project for the future military forces of Burma.
I will elaborate how to support our armed forces.
(1) The multi-ethnic party has been fighting since 1949 up to this
day for people's liberation and to make its own destiny. The various
government extend military to control power and never find political
solution to the country's problem. At our (International Congress
of Burma) (ICB) it was unanimously agreed to have (Military supporting
Committee). Hence, I make an appeal now to make this decision to
(2) Plan for future military.
So long as there is life we need our armed forces to give protection
to the nation. We need to form a multi-ethnic armed force. This
armed force must respect democracy, human rights and the country's
constitution. I like to relate the experience of my armed revolution
days. In the (DAB) (Democratic Alliance of Burma) army (Kidoh) column
under my command there were various ethnic groups viz. KNLA, Karenni,
ABSDF, PLF, NLD(LA). Here we experienced, unity, democracy, brotherhood,
equality, justice, and so on. Many languages but speaking with one
voice. It is similar to a tiny union and a family. No racial hatred
and no religious animosity. But all were in the same boat suppressed
by the SPDC and enslaved by the regime. All have understandingly
giving respect among themselves.
For the future government it is essential to train and groom military
officers very systematically. These men and women must respect human
rights, democracy and must be persons who bitterly hate the military
dictatorship. So we urgently need to have (Military Academy) to
train future commanders.
In conclusion I would like to emphatically say that our real enemy
is SPDC. We must fight this enemy. In the first changing world it
is of paramount importance not to become a paralyzed revolution.
For the multi-ethnic democratic forces to become increasingly successful
we need to co-operate, co-ordinate and work together in fierce unity.
Peace and health to all the delegates and who are present here
in this room. Thank you very much.
Mahn Robert BaZan
Karen Solidarity Organization (KSO)