A Matter of Perspective

Military History and National History inseparable: Senior General

Senior General Min Aung Hlaing comforts members of the Tatmadaw receiving treatment at the military hospital. Photo: Myawady
Senior General Min Aung Hlaing comforts members of the Tatmadaw receiving treatment at the military hospital. Photo: Myawady

THE history of the military and the history of the nation have been inseparable since the inception of the military; they have invariably co-existed, said Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing  during his meeting with the officer cadets and other ranks at Ba Htoo Station Area yesterday.
The duty of the military is to defend the nation, to protect and safeguard Our Three Main National Causes and the lives and property of the people and to effectuate the national interest, he added.
The kings must have loyalty whereas the people must keep their promises, it is said.
If you cast a glance at the history, you will find that independence was lost because of disloyal acts with the result that we have fallen into servitude, reminded the Senior General.
If you look at the history of independence struggle, he claimed, our national leaders were assassinated by the disloyal traitors. And what is more, the nation has been faced with the threat of disintegration posed by the disloyal armed troops in the aftermath of independence, and the military has had to sacrifice a multitude of lives and limbs to prevent the nation from disintegration. As you know, we still have to be confronted by the armed conflicts caused by disloyalty.
The disloyalty to the military has complicated dramatically the affairs of the nation. This is the reason why certain conditions are enshrined in the constitution, said Senior General Min Aung Hlaing.
Last but not the least, he claimed that if the military was not there to enforce the rule of law as well as peace and stability, the democratic system would not be strong.—Myawady

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