Sunday, September 30, 2007

It's 'Burma', not 'Myanmar' says White House

This is rather trivial but if it conveys a message of disapproval to tyrants, I am all for it:

"Declaring a war of words on Burma's military rulers, the White House said it would keep calling that country Burma, rather than Myanmar, in a show of support for pro-democracy activists there.

Spokesman Tony Fratto said Washington's refusal to use the junta's term for their country was "intentional" because "we choose not to use the language of a totalitarian dictatorial regime that oppresses its people".

"And we have freedom of speech here, maybe they don't," Mr Fratto said amid mounting global pressure for the regime to end a deadly crackdown on anti-government protests.

His comments were in line with the US State Department and the Central Intelligence Agency, which pointedly note that the 1989 name change never won approval from the country's legislators.