On the road to Mandalay, where the flyin’ fishes play

…And the temple monks lie all dead about, in a jungle far away.

Terribly sad about Burma’s collapse – from an incipient Socialist state the decline to Militarism is quick, but as history shows a natural and inevitable progression. A Socialist state tends to fail much faster and more dramatically than others, since a one-party system’s natural tendency is towards the lowest common denominator – which includes the component of competency and intelligence – and it’s authority is carried out vigorously.
With finally only the Military as its remaining real investment and constituency, it falls into their hands – and then gives us this sad result of civilian slaughter. Cambodia with Pol Pot was a prime example, and Mugabe is doing it to Zimbabwe right now also.

Ship me somewheres east of Suez, where the best is like the worst,
Where there aren’t no Ten Commandments an’ a man can raise a thirst;
For the temple-bells are callin’, an’ it’s there that I would be —
By the old Moulmein Pagoda, looking lazy at the sea;
On the road to Mandalay,
Where the old Flotilla lay,
With our sick beneath the awnings when we went to Mandalay!
On the road to Mandalay,
Where the flyin’-fishes play,
An’ the dawn comes up like thunder outer China ‘crost the Bay!

About NotClauswitz

The semi-sprawling adventures of a culturally hegemonic former flat-lander and anti-idiotarian individualist, fleeing the toxic cultural smug emitted by self-satisfied lotus-eating low-land Tesla-driving floppy-hat wearing lizadroid-Leftbat Califorganic eco-tofuistas ~