“Fond memories of Larry King, including podcaster Gregory Humphrey’s audio recording of a call to the late-night radio host, are included in this episode. In addition, the one interview broadcasters wished King had given about his decades behind the microphone. A most respectful tribute to a radio legend.”
During the past year and a half one of my greatest pleasures has been the hours spent working in my broadcast studio. Working in radio in my young adult years, in fact loving radio broadcasting my entire life, has added to the joy received from the studio on our third floor. Presently my podcast work is revolving around a tribute to radio legend Larry King. Granted, the world has thrown a number of curveballs over the past year, but it is essential that we locate our space to find needed calm and pleasure. This broadcasting work has grounded me, taken me back in time, and also pushed me forward. Seems perfectly timed for where life has placed me.
The headline came across my computer screen and it was not so much news but rather what must be the inevitable next step from events that played out this weekend.
President Biden threatens to review sanctions on Myanmar following coup
It was gut-wrenching for the world to learn that in Myanmar the military seized power and detained Aung San Suu Kyi. So it is more than appropriate that Biden called this situation a “direct assault on the country’s transition to democracy and the rule of law.” But make no mistake on what needs to follow.
Not more words. Rather, the united actions from the world community to underscore what Biden stated. The world community must “press the Burmese military to immediately relinquish the power they seized.”
Let us not forget what happened in November 2020. Aung San Suu Kyi, along with her party, again won a landslide election and in so doing ensured–or so it was thought by the voters–a civilian government in the country. But this weekend the military struck hard and now Kyi and a host of others who share democratic notions and ideas are all detained.
I am not posting today to in any way promote Kyi as a saint. Or the standard by which democracy should be vowed. She is not. Her previous actions regarding the repulsive nature of defending the immoral generals in their ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims have put her whole being in the light of day. There is much darkness that the light of truth has allowed the world to see. But the integrity of an election and the subsequent actions of the winner then ruling must be the international standard that we all seek to uphold.
There must be a foundation the world fights for. It is really a most simple sentence to write. An election victory must never be undone by a coup. And a landslide one, at that!
Biden is correct to use the power of his office, and the might of our nation to set a tone for how to move forward when dealing with the junta in power. Their declaration of a one-year state of emergency underscores the nature of what we are dealing with in Myanmar. The BBC reported this morning that the army had already announced the outlines of a new cabinet. My readers will not be shocked to learn that military officers, both active and retired, will fill many positions.
This must not be allowed to continue without a very concerted and demanding message from the international community. This coup must not be tolerated.