Three years on, Myanmar’s military remains on the road to ruin

Min Aung Hlaing and his fellow coup makers are incapable of learning from their failures, according to military insiders

As the third anniversary of Myanmar’s February 2021 coup approaches, frustration is growing with its mastermind, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, even among those who believe his illegal seizure of power was justified.

With just days to go before the military council has to declare another six-month state of emergency to extend its rule, its leader is facing unprecedented criticism for his prosecution of the war for control of the country. Earlier this month, at a rally held in the army stronghold of Pyin Oo Lwin, a prominent pro-junta monk called on Min Aung Hlaing to step down, voicing a sentiment shared by many backers of the regime appalled at the military’s recent stunning defeats in northern Shan State and elsewhere.

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