BURMA: Decline & Fall?

Said Winston Churchill: "The words which have come from the Prime Minister's lips today are, in fact, irrevocable and he has shorn Burma from the British Crown."

Clement Attlee had just told the House of Commons that Burma could have a choice between complete independence and dominion status. A representative group of Burmans would come to London next month to speed the freedom process while Burma elected a constitutional convention.

Attlee had acted under pressure. A month ago Burma's youthful (31) nationalist leader, Aung San, had presented the British with a demand...

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