That’s Right Nate

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Trust Myanmar in Aung San Suu Kyi Case

with 5 comments

I’m tired of all the liberal hand wringing about the treatment of Aung San Suu Kyi.  It is so easy to pass judgment on the people of Myanmar from safety in the West and even easier to look at the Nobel Prize winner’s pro-democracy movement as a noble cause.  She now sits in the military junta’s Insein prison, notorious for its filth, disease, and the mental and physical torture deployed against its prisoners.  She faces a five-year prison sentence if convicted of breaching the terms of her house arrest because a stranger swam across a lake and broke into her dilapidated home.

However, do we really have cause to say that torturing Aung San Suu Kyi is a bad thing?  She has spent 14 of the past 19 years under house arrest and in that time the Burmese junta has tortured scores of political dissidents.  However, during those 19 years, the government have kept Myanmar safe from terrorist attacks.  Furthermore, we really have no way to know what intelligence was learned from torturing Aung San Suu Kyi that kept Myanmar safe.   Don’t we really need to see this intelligence before we can condemn the junta?

Some, including the Wall Steet Journal, claim that the reason the Burmese government is trying Ms. Suu Kyi simply because her maximum sentence is almost up, but if you ask me sometimes personal liberty must take a backseat to  the country’s security.   If that cannot be done giving Ms. Suu Kyi her rights, then I am sorry.   She seems relatively well treated in her house arrest.   Eventually, the military junta will feel that Myanmar is safe and when that happens Aung San Suu Kyi will be released.   We must stop trying to hold other countries to  a higher standard than we hold ourselves to.


Written by thatsrightnate

May 17, 2009 at 7:22 pm

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  1. I hate to admit it, but you make a good point.


    May 17, 2009 at 8:06 pm

  2. I’m glad you could see things my way.


    May 17, 2009 at 9:13 pm

  3. are these blogposts litteral, or is this whole site based on facetious political comentary? are you a real person?


    May 18, 2009 at 7:16 am

  4. So the guy with the purple alien is asking the guy with the picture if he’s real?


    May 18, 2009 at 8:27 am

  5. the details of this story are nuts, she is being held for allowing a man to swim in a lake near her home… only she didn’t allow him. He was just some nut job trying to get into contact with her check it out:


    May 19, 2009 at 1:22 pm

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