Three years ago, Buddhist monks organized peaceful demonstrations in the streets of Burma. What they got in return was a violent crackdown by the state. And now, the country is ushering in a new form of politics: electoral authoritarianism.
This election is evidence that their last shreds of political legitimacy have evaporated. The international community has to recognize this inevitable "victory" for what it is -- the last gasp of a decaying system.
At 60 years, the Karen resistance against the three A's -- annihilation, absorption, and assimilation -- is either the world's longest-running war for independence or its most extended exercise in futility.