By Now you have probably tired of reading about the plight of Aung San Suu Kyi, however in a few hours it will be her 61st birthday. Suu Kyi’s tale is one of bravery, persistence, and unwavering loyalty to the cause of Freedom for the people of Burma (aka Myanmar in military junta-speak.)
Her tale is also a sad one, but wholly inspirational. For ten of the past seventeen years the miltary junta has either kept her imprisoned or under house arrest. She is alone but for two maids (minders for the junta,) and gets one visit from a doctor per month.
When her husband, dieing of cancer, tried to visit her they would not grant him a visit, and he died without seeing her again. They have taken the passports of her sons, and denied them visas. So Suu Kyi will be alone on her birthday again.
The junta fears her, but cannot harm her for she is a symbol of freedom and democracy to the people. Instead they bide their time, and vilify her in the state run press and at the state run universities. They will hold a mock celebration at the capital, releasing doves and balloons, but Aung San Suu Kyi will be at home, imprisoned, ailing, and alone. The best birthday present that Suu Kyi could have would be freedom and democracy for Burma –Â not for herself.
For the most remarkable part of this sad tale is that Suu Kyi refuses to leave her prison until Burma is free again. The junta would be happy to have her gone, and has offered her personal freedom if she will go into exile, but like Joan of Arc, Suu Kyi knows that there are things bigger than herself; things like freedom and democracy.
In time the juntaÂ hopes people will forget about Aung San Suu Kyi, and forget about freedom and democracy. That is a thing that will never happen. So think of Suu Kyi on her birthday, and wish her well.
In days ahead think of her as well; when you see moonbats demonstrating over minor things, when you see politicians screeching hyperbolic and meaningless rants, think of Suu Kyi, and what real leadership, courage, and persistence is.