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Thoughts and Prayers to Burma

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Tonight, my thoughts and prayers are with the people of Burma. In my travels of southeast Asia, I have seen plenty of poverty. But when I visited Burma last year, it was the first time I have ever been to a place where no matter what, the people were not able to help themselves. They were not able to improve themselves. They were completely and utterly powerless.

And yet at the same time they were some of the kindest people I have ever met in my life. What little they had, they shared with me.

A year ago, I could tell that under the surface, things were beginning to boil. People were chaffing under the oppression of the military government. Everyone I talked to wished that there was something they could do. Everyone spoke highly about the revolution of 1988 and of their hero, Aung San Suu Kyi. But everyone knew that they had no chance for change.

For the past week, the tensions have been building more overtly, as the monks have led tens of thousands of people in marches. Similar protests in 1988 ended in bloodshed, where thousands of innocent people were killed. And it looked like the people of Burma were heading to a similar fate this week.

And sure enough, tonight there are reports that the military has committed one of the greatest sins of Buddhism by gunning down several marching monks. The monks are of course, unarmed, peaceful, and full of love, but still realizing that change is needed and willing to lead the people towards that change.

My trip to Burma last year was extra-special because I became friends with a young monk. He took me on a two-day road trip and shared his knowledge of his country and of his religion with me. He also longed for a better, more fair, more free Burma.

I have no doubt that he is in the middle of it all now in downtown Yangon. In my mind, when I picture the thousands of saffron-robed monks marching in the street, I see him in the front row, hands folded in prayer.

I've never felt so bad for an entire nation as I do right now. May the peoples' dreams come true, some day soon.

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