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Tuesday, December 06, 2005
Ummm...What's exactly does "disciplined" mean again?

Is the extraneous adjective preceding democracy bothering anyone else in this news report?
Myanmar's ruling generals on Monday opened a round of talks on drafting a new Constitution and steering the isolated country toward what the junta calls "disciplined democracy".

More than 1 000 delegates handpicked by the regime are meeting for about two months at this secluded military compound outside Yangon for talks boycotted by the main opposition group and widely dismissed by foreign observers.

"We are in the process of transition to a disciplined democratic nation," Lieutenant General Thein Sein, the head of the National Convention, said in an opening address.

"This is the first step in the transition to democracy, and it is the most crucial step. Genuine and disciplined democracy -- there is no other way, this is the way."

First discipline, then freedom. It's democracy-lite junta-style.