By Christopher R. Cox
A Boston bring in reporter's trip into Burma/Myanmar to interview the mysterious drug lord, Khun Sa.
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Four years later, in the immediate aftermath of the third—and conclusive—Anglo-Burmese war, Scott was sent to the newly acquired Shan State, where he served with distinction until 1910. In 1932, fifty years after publication of The Burman, he summoned his Shan experience to write Burma and Beyond, describing the hill-dwelling minority races that encircled the lowland Burmese. For the dreamy, neophyte traveler, Burma and Beyond made for sobering reading. ” The Wa, whom the Burmese called “man-bears,” held a particular fascination for Scott.
But activists viewed the government’s “highest national priority” status as so much lip service. Some private groups even accused Washington of a giant cover-up. Darker conspiracy theories—often involving the CIA, covert operations, and the heroin trade—were also prevalent. S. servicemen were still imprisoned in Southeast Asia. For true believers such as Sullivan, there was no question but to chase wraiths and shadows all the way to the banks of the Mekong River. Laos, with its porous border and its shady history, was the perfect venue for POW intrigue.
I don’t have any cash. Pen maak mai. Is it serious? I was going to Burma, to a war zone, to the moon, with a full backpack, a bullshit phrasebook, and an empty charm bag. ” It wasn’t yet four o’clock. Sullivan, my groggy partner, rolled out of his hotel bed, looked at the alarm clock in disbelief, then slipped into the same clothes he had worn since we had left Boston. There was no one to impress in Mae Hong Son, and clean shirts and pants were not to be frivolously worn. Clothing had to be rationed as carefully as food and water, Xanax, and Absolut vodka.