U.S. often pointed out the heroin and other illicit drugs coming out of Burma as a reason for their sanctions. But thinking of it the heroin was basically introduced and produced large scale in the Golden Triangle by CIA and its mercenary armies (KMT, Laotians, and Shans) there to supply US troops during the Vietnam War in 1960s.
Please do remember Mel Gibson's movie Air America about the CIA airline transporting heroin from the Golden Triangle to Vietnam during the Vietnam War!
They just can't turn around and accuse Burma of being a drug producer as once the drug trade has rooted it is very hard to get rid of. Drug problem in Burma is clearly the long lasting legacy of CIA and America's Vietnam War.
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In terms of democracy and human rights Burma and Vietnam are the blood brothers as both the Vietnamese Communist Party and Burmese Army have been ruling their people with iron fists since the sixties.
Only difference between Burma and Vietnam is their relationships with China. Vietnamese once tried to kick Chinese arse and China invaded there in 1979 and showed the Vietnamese their right place while Burma is now quickly becoming a satellite state of China.
The stark difference between respective US treatments to Burma and Vietnam makes me think of US hypocrisy.
Once that Trans-Burma Oil & Gas Pipeline and the only Chinese Naval Base on the shore of Indian Ocean have been built China will never leave Burma which is strategically far more important than Tibet or Uighur for China as Burma could be their only access to Indian Ocean and the supply of crude oil in very near future.
Constructions have been going on full swing and the Chinese security personnel are now guarding the Chinese construction crews. And, believe it or not, China has already requested Burma to allow PLA to position 20 armed-battalions along the pipeline route to protect the Chinese interest.
Will these PLA battalions go home after the years long construction if they are allowed into Burma now? Scary, isn't it?