Burma: Some Second Thoughts

Thousands of gaily costumed tribal folk, dressed in bright robes shimmering with beads and bangles, poured through the streets of Rangoon as Burma celebrated its 20th annual Union Day, marking the joining of Burma proper with four tribal states. Unfortunately, there is not a great deal to celebrate. Communist-led tribal bands in the interior are stepping up an ugly guerrilla war. Burma is nervous about the erratic course of Red China, with which it shares a wide-open 1,200-mile border. Even worse, the country's pell-mell plunge into socialism has pell-melled right into chaos....

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