According to Human Rights Watch, natural gas sales are the government's single largest source of income, which is primarily used to maintain the military machine and line the pockets of those in power. The threat of withdrawal of Chevron's resources could be a powerful incentive for negotiation with the opposition.Just who buys so much of Burma's natural gas? Thailand! But you wouldn't know that from the editorial -- which made no mention of Thailand.
The article concluded: "Without such sacrifices, which ideally would include India and China, it appears unlikely that anything will change in Burma." Yet neither China or India, but Thailand is the number one trading partner with Burma's repressive junta! It seems from the Thai perspective, sacrificing is only something to be expected of countries.
* Bangkok Pundit's post about Burma-Thai trade is illuminating.