. . . on the argument that Burma is a “colonial” name: If a country changes its name in the process of becoming independent, no problem. Today’s Ghana had been the Gold Coast as a British colony; when it became independent 50 years ago, it became Ghana too. New country; new name. But suppose a junta took over Mexico tomorrow and said that henceforth the world must call the country Atzlan. . . It’s not a new country; it’s just a new regime, and there would be no need to oblige them, just there is no need to dignify the brutal Burmese generals.
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Jim Fallows laments the woefully misguided political correctness of the New York Times and CNN. Both media outlets refer to Burma as Myanmar -- the name given to Burma by the Burmese junta. Fallows blogs:
Posted by Jotman on Saturday, September 29, 2007