The world's only detained Nobel Peace laureate who has also won an MTV award.*
Comments from the last post revealed frustration with the dearth of inspiring politicians who are concerned about people; about social issues. And, as Ariel pointed out, not concerned with such things merely in order to buy some votes. So, I thought I'd take a gander at an inspirational and considerate politician, for a change.
Outstanding leaders appeal to the hearts of their followers. - (Source Unknown)
Laura Bush is currently encouraging Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's release on Sunday, which is when her detention will be under review... again. The military rulers of Burma (Myanmar, since 1989) didn’t let her out for the last review, so I doubt anyone’s getting their hopes up. [UPDATE: same again, another year.]
I also doubt that Laura Bush is going to be the one to change their minds.
Anyway, last time the militia released her they then attacked her: she was stuck in her car on a bridge for 6 days. Up to 100 of her supporters were killed. And so she was arrested again.
She’s been detained for a total of 11 years and 209 days now. There’s about 1,100 other political prisoners in
Suu Kyi’s father played a major role in attaining
As you likely know, there was an uprising in
So, lots of people were killed by the government, but the people were nearly successful and were allowed to form political parties. Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy easily won the election in 1990. A bit too easily. The army were rather unhappy about this unexpected outcome, and so changed its mind about all this political freedom rubbish. They ignored the result, held on to power, and instead of being PM, Suu Kyi stayed locked up (house arrest began July 1989).
It seems the Western world reckons it can force Burma into becoming a democracy through sanctions. Well, that’s not going to work cause they’re run by a militia, and most of the army doesn't care about that trading, economic shite nearly so much as national security.
We tend to see
as a Velvet Revolution gone wrong, when in fact it is an impoverished war-torn society of 55 million people, half of them under the age of 18, with armed forces of more than 400,000 men (and over a dozen insurgent armies) who know only the language of warfare. - Thant Myint-U Burma
If foreign business hadn’t pulled out of
All the neighbours need to get involved it seems. Put pressure on the kid to loosen his grip on the gun and play nice with the other kiddies. Develop the economy and evolve to a democracy.
“For 26 years
experienced impoverishment in the name of socialism; it now appears there is to be impoverishment in the name of democracy, (thanks in part to the misguided Western sanctions against our country)." - Dr. Khin Zaw Win, former Prisoner of Conscience (jail time 1994-2005) in 'Impoverishment as Freedom' Myanmar
But, jeez, wouldn't it be nice for Suu Kyi to be out and about, and having her say? Maybe being able to spend time with her kids, and visit her husband’s grave...
Go get 'em Lazza!
*In 2003, “Free Your Mind” award, MTV Europe Music Awards.