BURMA: Freedom in a Frame

To Burma, the Japs last week gave "independence." The gift came all tied up in pretty strings and boxed "within the framework of Japan's co-prosperity sphere": Lieut. General Masakazu Ka-wabe, Commander in Chief of Japanese forces in Burma, abolished his military administration; members of the "Burma Independence Preparatory Committee," established by the Japs six weeks earlier, were called to a meeting; the Committee quickly named itself a "National Assembly," and appointed wily, womanish Dr. Ba Maw Premier of Burma. It only remained for Ba Maw to sign a treaty of alliance pledging Burma to military, political and economic cooperation...