New Mandala readers who closely follow developments in the Shan State (and I know there are a few) have to put up with one of the world’s most complex political and military stalemates. Surrender, denial, ceasefire, hostility and speech-making – it has it all. Making sense out of the mess probably takes a lifetime of study.
This is further evidence of something that I have been considering for a while. I guess that writing sensible books and theses on the Shan State is possible —- but only after the dust has settled on any particular event or flare-up. On a day to day basis, and a week to week basis, it is much harder to tell what is happening.
Who really knows what goes on up there?