Perhaps, EBO should ditch the idea that the resistance of non-Burman nationalities hasbeen a hindrance to peace. It is an idea introduced by some European NGOs with a superficialknowledge of our country. They most probably assume that the 7 major non-Burman nationalitiesform only 30% of the entire population
. Perhaps, this is one of the reasons for some EU NGOs totry to impose forcefully the ideology of Appeasement and Development on the non-Burmannationalities’ movement. However, the UNFC study has shown that the non-Burman nationalitiesform more than 60% of the entire population.The UNFC knows that many big and not-so-big powers such as India, China, Japan, US,UK, France, Germany, Russia, Australia, tiny Singapore and even the unlikely Ceylon have aninterest in Burma for economic, commercial, security and cultural reasons. Maybe, it is part of theglobalization movement, but it calls for all of us to be extremely careful, since we are only smallpawns, including the military-dominated government, in the global situation, if we do not want tobecome colonial subjects again.The EBO followers love to allege that the UNFC has no strategy. They produce a numberof studies, most of which are shallow. They are seemingly blinded by greed, aggression and totallack of conscience. A catch phrase they like to use is “Politics is Dirty.” They fail to realize thatpower politics, or what is called party politics is normally dirty, but the politics of liberation andresistance is noble and true.In many cases, it is necessary to keep a large part of the strategy secret. The superficial orsubjective study of conditions by the EBO followers has led them to reach the false conclusion thatthe UNFC has no strategy. If they continue to adhere to superficial study, it is possible for them toreach only false conclusions. Probably their allegations are tactics in accordance with their mindsetof “Politics is Dirty” and an attempt to ferret out the UNFC’s secret strategy.Road maps, principles and guidelines, however, can be made public. The UNFC hasadopted the so-called “Political Framework for Dialogue” as its Road Map. The UNFC Principlesand Guideline for National Reconciliation and Peace are as follows.
Love Your Enemy;
Uphold Freedom, Truth and Justice;
Harbor No Vengeance;
Be Cautious and Wise;
Empower the People;
The moral of “Love Your Enemy” is to enable us to put ourselves in the shoes of theenemy. Only then, will we be able to know the real character, concerns and mindset of theenemy and find a viable solution to conflict and the problem of peace building. Also, itwould facilitate finding a compromise solution and implementation of the idea of fighting theideology rather than elimination of the human enemy.
For peace to last or to be eternal, it has to be based on Freedom, Truth and Justice. In ourparticular case, the people and each nationality must have the rights to pursue life,happiness and self-development, equality and self-determination, a fair share of politicalpower, wealth and economic opportunity, within the framework of a suitable federal politicalsystem. Truth and Justice must be served, or made sure to be served, in the transitionperiod for national reconciliation.
The principle of harboring no Vengeance is a corollary to “Love Your Enemy”. For truenational reconciliation to happen, the idea of taking vengeance by all stake holders is out of