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No, that is petulence. Blackmail would be if you don't give me that bar of chocolate, I'll do something that will put you and yours in mortal danger. I understand that and...
Backmail is "if you DON'T do x; I'll DO y"
e.g. If you don't give me that bar of chocolate, I'll rip the petals off this innocent daisy.
A blackmailer would take the chocolate and make a run for it.
A diplomat could take the chocolate and trample on the daisy, maintaining the agreement. :-)
The world is not a mono-culture. People who've been on a war-footing for most of two generations think differently to those who've lived a part of their lives without constant fear and shortages.
You can be certain of a proportion of dissidents.
Hunger makes people do strange things. They take enormous risks for food and other necessities. The risk of being end doing something is worth less than the certainty of dieing from hunger.
No difference as far as the population is concerned. There are casualties... usually from internal (government) action than external hostilities.
In terms of psychological pressure, it's probably worse than open warfare against an external enemy. Not being able to trust your neighbour because they tell tales about you to the local party official for a reward of a few hundred grams of rice... everbody's the enemy. You can't even trust your own family.
Clinton? You give him too much credit.
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What a cold heart you have, Barb. No sensitivity for the poor, suffering daisy. :-) Do you get it now? Mortal danger has nothing to do with it. It's how you value the...
Producing injection... big export. Second-largest source of the stuff in the world. Is that productive?
Yes. You have screwed it up.
Those elected were never allowed into power by SLORC.
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It is also how the "bargaining" is presented. There are certain approaches which are illegal, immoral, and self-destructive over the long-term. Now if you wish...
It may be that those elected were members of an elite. Aung San Suu Kyi is certainly highly educated. Maybe some countries prefer their leaders to be smarter than average; and not more stupid. -- "Bernd Felsche - Innovative Reckoning, Perth, Western Australia ASCII ribbon campaign "Laws do not persuade just because X against HTML mail they threaten." and postings Lucius Annaeus Seneca, c. 4BC - 65AD.