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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP16 Apr 2022 8:36 p.m. PST

"For the rare outside visitor today it is perhaps hard to imagine that Burma, one of the most secretive and isolated countries in the world, was also one of the most violent theaters of conflict in the entire history of World War II. The country was to witness scenes of the most appalling death and destruction as troops from the armies of four foreign powers-Japan, Britain, China, and the United States-fought their way back and forth across Burma's blazing landscape. Among Burma's diverse ethnic races, virtually no one was to escape unscathed.

Other countries have long since tried to put behind them the tragic memories of those dark days. But in Burma the war was to leave deep physical and psychological scars that have never really been erased. In any analysis of Burma's economic malaise, political isolationism, or ethnic conflict, the havoc wrought by World War II is a vital starting point. Largely forgotten by the world outside, the war was in fact to be just the beginning of Burma's troubles…"

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