Burma has been infecting us yet again with a stark good guy-bad guy syndrome. We would cheer loudly if the military government collapsed and the democracy movement led by Aung San Suu Kyi came to power. Has anyone, though, seen a blueprint of what should happen from there? Dictatorships do not survive by brute force alone. As we’ve seen in Iraq, dictators create complex tapestries of loyalty, patronage and fear which they imbed at all levels of society. In Burma, it is unlikely that this can be unravelled without a lot of thought or violence. Burma also has numerous different tribal and cultural groupings, many of whom aspire to some form of autonomy and do (or did) carry arms to achieve their goals. There will also be a natural impetus for revenge. The military government is being advised by China and its South East Asian neighbours, none of whom champion Western democratic principles. As Aung San Suu Kyi rightly says, not only does she want a transformation to democracy, but she also wants it to be done in the right way. The protests might have been crushed for now. But they will happen again and eventually the Junta will have to be dismantled. But how?