Their professional soldiers do not look like this at all. These discrepit looking characters look more like an unruly mob themselves. Some wear face scarves while others do not. They are likely not recruited from Yangon but from far it, so that revenge or reprisals against their families cannot be exacted, in case they are ever identified in the unfolding aftermath.
Another point....most of these men will receive harsh punishment if the orders to shoot and wallop innocent monks are not carried out. Obviously such orders must come from the very TOP...the evil Generals themselves.
The entire world has called on India and China , 2 superpowers that have a close relationship with the evil junta to apply pressure on them to stop the killings.
There are many dictators within the ruling junta. But the MAIN ONE is Senior General Than Shwe. If you want to see how TOTALLY CORRUPT this evil man is....just go to Youtube, type his name under "Search" and you can see for yourself.
The wedding extravaganza of his daughter has been highlighted by many submitters as a TOP CASE of the very WORST CORRUPTION. It costs millions! Amid the abject poverty and misery of the people, this is too much. I have seen it all and am totally appalled and disgusted by the sheer BRAVADO of this foolish man's act.
What do I mean? Let me explain.
His position as the main evil dictator is NEVER SECURE. He relies on other ruthless cronies to spy on, check on, keep tabs on his FELLOW junta clique. You can be sure they are doing the same with him too. So, to be so bold as to openly advertise this wedding biggie makes no sense. UNLESS....he thinks or he concludes that any and all possible opposition have been accounted for in his personal agenda to secure his TOP position for 10-20 years.
That's the reason why these generals do not worry about what ASEAN, USA, EUROPE or the UN say. They can't be bothered as they are too busy enriching themselves and their families with never-ending "tatmadaw" imposed cuts, commissions, fees, etc. which normally amounts to 20% of any transaction.
Just imagine....a few cronies, corrupt, evil men bleeding their people and country dry.
Burma has more than 50 million people.
Burma also has about 1/2 a million soldiers.
But all the arms and weapons and everything else are controlled by this evil junta.
The 50 million.....they have no weapons.
That 's why since 1962, after Gen Ne Win staged the military coup, the military dictatorship has cowed the country. And the evil Generals led by Than Shwe today are not going to let go.
They know the day that happens, especially after a successful peoples' uprising, their heads may literally roll! Thus, they will stop at nothing to cling on to power....be it wholesale slaughter, inhuman torture, killing monks ( No need to ask if they are Buddhist )..etc.
Wise Owl's Perspective of how this may unfold
1 Unlike in the Philippines when people power toppled the dictator Marcos by storming Malacanang Palace in Manila, it won't happen here. The Generals are all safely hidden in their specially built enclave in the far north, near Naypyidaw. ( Anyone can see this on Youtube. There is a clear satellite footage video pictures and much like SADDAM HUSSEIN, they are protected by special storm troopers....Saddam's version of the Imperial guards ). At their finger tips and command are more than 500,000 armed military men all dependent on their system of "tatmadaw" for survival. The rank and file men are poorly paid but are allowed to take a cut on practically everything that passes through their control. And they have TOTAL CONTROL!!
All these info are not borne from my own vivid imaginations but from easily available books on Myanmar's military at any library. There are more things and worse things that I have not put here. The human rights abuses are REAL and HORRIFIC !
So 1st scenario....I predict is this.
Among the elite inner circle junta clique, some may read the current situation as pretty dangerous, reaching a point of diminishing returns. They may begin to feel insecure about their eventual safety and that of their family and ill-gotten gains( They are all FILTHY RICH ...these evil men ). In such a situation, some will make a quiet, clandestine re-location of their LOOT and BOOTY out of the country first. That may be then followed by moving out entire families to prevent them from being captured or taken hostage or as reprisals.
But they may not give in that easily until the very last moment....where like Marcos, waiting planes or helicopters, ferry them to another "rogue" country that will accept them as they have millions, if not billions of $US and large amounts of the BEST BURMA GEMS in their possession.
The majority of UN members agree to boycott the 2008 Olympics unless China puts direct pressure on the evil junta to stop their nonsense and India too follow suit.
China will not want this to happen and will exert the "right pressure".
The people and monks are emboldened and take to the streets again.
This time they may have weapons to resist the demoralised soldiers, should they reappear.
Where can the weapons come from.?.....where there's a will, there's a way.
The main dictator , Than Shwe, comes to his own conclusion that ,since he has amassed not only enough but the most of the LOOT, he decides better to be ALIVE and enjoy his loot elsewhere forever...than to test his luck and remain and he just might lose it all....his life,loot and everything else. So he flees, with his family and loot. ( Marcos also fled in the nick of time ) That will startle the other criminals and it will be one BIG, MAD RUSH out of the country.