Some of the bravest people in the world today are the Buddhist monks of Burma. They have been marching in the streets of that country protesting the iron-fisted ruling military junta. The dictators of Burma, though they prefer to call the land Myanmar, are nothing but a pack of drug-running killers. During past protests, these thugs have simply told the army to open fire, killing all who cannot run fast enough.
In the case of the current Buddhist monks marching in the streets, the murderous generals have only gone so far as to arrest some of the monks. Jail? What a strange punishment for a Buddhist monk. Have the generals even set foot inside a Buddhist monastery? Jail will provide even more time for the monk's silent meditations, so essential to seeking and understanding the correct path. The monks are also quite likely to convert the inmates and guards at the same time.
The monks must be allowed to protest, Aung San Suu Kyi must be released from house arrest, and the government of China must stop propping up the murderous dictatorship in Burma. Until that happens there is no reason for anyone to buy tickets to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
Links: New York Times