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Burmese Tigers

The plight of freedom fighters in Burma is at once riveting and depressing. Here’s one idea, which I concede is a bit out there. From what I’ve seen and read the military is desperate not to kill monks — very bad p.r., that — but they don’t much mind killing anyone else. Wouldn’t it be smart for everyone to wear monk robes and, I suppose, shave their heads? The images would have enormous impact, the troops wouldn’t know who is and who isn’t a monk, and it would give a thrilling “I am Spartacus!” narrative twist to the uprising. I’m not trying to be glib, but it sounds like the military is going to put this whole thing down if the protesters can’t get the troops to refuse their orders. I don’t know how else you do that.

Update:  Greg Pollowitz informs me this is already happening, at least the shaved heads part. 

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