Dozens of Monks Crash Webb's Junta Love-In
11:48 AM, Sep 30, 2009 • By MICHAEL GOLDFARB
Senator Jim Webb is holding his much-anticipated hearing on the Obama administration's Burma policy today and Burma's democratic opposition is crashing the event in a likely futile attempt to shame the Virginia senator for his coddling of the junta. The press release says that "In a sign of protest against U.S. Senator Jim Webb, dozens of Buddhist monks will attend a hearing on U.S. Burma policy....Webb was recently defeated in his drive to unilaterally lift U.S. sanctions on Burma's military regime, after the State Department and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stated that the United States would maintain sanctions on Burma unless the country's military regime made concrete steps toward democracy." They go on,
The written testimony that the monks have submitted to Webb's committee includes an op-ed by U Pyinya Zawta, who spent 10 years as a political prisoner and is executive director of the All Burma Monks' Alliance. His article was originally published in Irrawaddy and Zawta is asking that be included in the hearing record. It concludes:
How did Webb end up on the side of the junta and against the people of Burma? Why is Webb spending his weekends with the war criminals that control that regime while the people of Burma plead for him to stand down? On behalf of what constituency is Webb acting, or is this simply a misguided and botched attempt by Webb to leave his mark on some area of U.S. foreign policy?