Burma: Voice from the Jungle

From a secret border site somewhere north of the Thai village of Mae Sot, a clandestine radio transmitter last week beamed an urgent declaration into the purple mountains of Burma. "Ours is no hasty, ill-considered decision," said the tape-recorded voice. "For months after my release from jail I pondered the problem. Recourse to arms was personally distasteful to me. But in the end, we decided to fight."

The voice from Mae Sot had not been heard in Burma for eight long years. It was unmistakably that of U Nu, the ascetic, still popular...

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