Volume II No.3
WORLD, REGION & NATION
Published 07 February 2021
Donald J. Trump must be green with envy. For much of December and early January he did everything he could to overturn the result of a national election that he lost. He made claims of widespread election fraud without any evidence. He went as far as to incite an insurrection against the US Congress, which is the rough equivalent of throwing the kitchen sink. And what did he get for his efforts? A second impeachment.
Compare that to what just happened in Southeast Asia. The generals in the Myanmar military establishment needed only three small hours in the morning of 01 February to get the same job done. On the claim, also without evidence, that the election was stolen through widespread electoral fraud, they made a surgical move. In one fell swoop, they detained the duly elected head of government of Myanmar and her political associates, appointed their own cabinet members, and declared a state of emergency in which they would wield absolute power. Brilliant!
Once again, dear Reader, this is your Briefer Jamil Maidan Flores observing the World, Region and Nation from a locked-down Jakarta and trying my best to help you make sense of developments.