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Myanmar Verdict

August 11th, 2009
03:25 PM ET

Was it a surprise that authorities in Myanmar decided to renew Aung San Suu Kyi’s house arrest? No. Nor was it a surprise that the terms of her extended sentence prevent her from playing an active role in next year’s election.

What is a surprise is that the ruling junta didn’t exercise their option to send the pro-democracy leader to jail for five years. So, are we seeing a softening of their stance – a sign from the government that they are susceptible to international pressure and pressure from those inside Myanmar who support the democratic opposition?

The case of Nobel Peace Prize laureate has attracted the predictable reaction from European leaders who were quick to criticize the verdict. No such chorus of condemnation from the likes of China, India and Thailand, Myanmar’s neighbours, main trading partners and the countries with most leverage.

What should the world do next? What do you want to hear and from whom? Share your thoughts with me below or email me at ConnectTheWorld@CNN.com and I’ll share them with CNN’s viewers at 2100 London time tonight.


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  1. Andrew Lyall

    Why does CNN refer to Burma as "Myanmar"? That is the name used by the illegal oppresive junta currently in power. If the people of Burma decide in a proper referendum to chnage the name, ok. But they have not done so as far as I know. Until that happens, it is called Burma.

    August 11, 2009 at 3:56 pm | Reply
  2. K Z

    Sending Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to jail has never been a junta's plan. Because keeping her away from her people (that's people of Burma) is the only one objective of the whole soap opera and they have achieved it with this verdict. Surprisingly the verdict also silent the noise from world leaders, news agencies and UN as 18 months house arrest which was reduced from 3 years jail term made junta looked better. Of course, 18 months house arrest is favorable over maximum chargeable 5 years jail term. But they shouldn't forget the fact that she is innocent.

    August 11, 2009 at 4:31 pm | Reply
  3. emmanuel from nigeria

    i think they are getting worse,this is just like nigeria's former junta.suu kyi should be released.

    August 11, 2009 at 6:44 pm | Reply
  4. M.BAMBA

    Sending some of the most power oppositions in prison by ruling parties or juntas is just common.And the international community or the most pwoerfull countries doen't do anything about at,it is happening everywhere mainlt the 3rd world countries.

    August 11, 2009 at 8:15 pm | Reply
  5. M.BAMBA

    Sending some of the most powerfull oppositions in prison by ruling parties or juntas is just common.And the international community or the most powerfull countries doen't do anything about it,it is happening everywhere mainly in the 3rd world countries.

    August 11, 2009 at 8:17 pm | Reply
  6. prince0772

    The Imprisonment of AUNG SANG SUU KYI is the shame of the world.

    Injustice against women is a crime against humanity. Obama and Gordon cannot stay in the comfort of their offices and be issuing lazy comments, they MUST ACT, NOW

    August 11, 2009 at 8:23 pm | Reply
  7. Robert R Kinnear

    Few menion the significance of China. Why do western and other regional countries not come out more strongly for this flagrant abuse of human rights for over 20 years? China.

    As in the rest of the developing and now western world, China is basically supporting the American dollar and the world's financial system. Who is going to mess with them? Has Clinton got the balls?

    The vast investment in Burma's infrastucture road and perhaps rail and port facilities to develop their economy, round the Indochina peninsula, has got the world in a tizz knowing morally what to do but unable to act due to the financial dependency on China.

    So who is really going to stand up for this brave lady?

    You Becky? The President of the United States of America? The Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, of the colonial country who left Burma in such disarray as they did to India/Pakistan, South Africa and most other of their colonial acquisitions?

    Is this an historical time when global definition can be designated on moral stance as homo sapiens or animal basic instincts of food in the belly (dollars in the coffers)?

    Best wishes to Suu

    Robert R Kinnear
    please view: projectpineapple.blogspot.com

    August 11, 2009 at 8:30 pm | Reply
  8. Robert R Kinnear

    Didn't mention the vast oil and gas reserves that Burma has. Remember Burmah Oil way back in the 1800's exporting oil then? Who are one of the main players today? Yep, China. Why would the Generals want to give up their lucrative income?

    August 11, 2009 at 8:55 pm | Reply
  9. Omar

    Im not surprised to see that Thailand and chevron are the ones who break the sanctions here.."looks in disgust at the video of thai pm"..What i suggested to cnn stands for everyone who condemns such acts. the companies that break an international sanction should also be barred from doing business with those of us who chose to do the right thing..i know money matters..but when the one who is paying you is also the one funding the military junta as well the one calously leaving human beings off their sea coasts to drown..it's up to you to make the right choice. don't expect cnn to do such a thing..it's hypocricy.

    well im not watching hypocrites anymore..as long as that bastard is here i will not speak to any of you ever

    nuff said

    August 11, 2009 at 9:17 pm | Reply
  10. virgo bon cruz

    This illegal regime in Burma shouldn't be treated with kid gloves by the international community. The West should impose the stiffest sanction possible on these corrupt military officers who have usurped power from the legitimate and elected pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. We are in the 21st century and there's absolutely no excuse for tyranny anywhere in the world, much less in a country which professes adherence to United Nations ideals. Let us strive harder to free Ms. Suu Kyi and allow her to take her rightful place in Burma.

    August 11, 2009 at 9:30 pm | Reply
  11. QY

    "Myanmar" is the post-colonial name of the country, whether we like it or not, and it is not CNN's role to be a mouthpiece either for the government or for the Burmese opposition. For the record, the name "Burma" is not without a brutal and oppressive history either. It was the name that the British colonialists gave to the territory, which was administered as part of their Indian Empire. It doesn't make the current government legitimate, but please don't over simplify the story, it is not so black and white.

    August 11, 2009 at 9:46 pm | Reply
  12. Will

    Burmese junta is not playing nice. Than Shwe taught psychological warfare in Mil college in his early days. He's playing his card really good. This is junta's original plan just to keep Suu Kyi healthy and isolated. They need her as much as they hate her. In Burmese mentality, small seeds wouldn't grow if there's a shady big tree. That's the junta's key mechanism so that no small resistance can grow bigger in the shade (people's hope on Suu Kyi). They'll keep on doing. i18n community will occasionally condemn. China and India will still exchange weapons with energy. Russia still sell weapons and train burmese soldiers. Soon N. Korea join the club and give Junta the ultimate weapon. God help us all.

    August 11, 2009 at 10:15 pm | Reply
  13. Keith

    The Myanmar military junta does the same as any other authoritarian government – whether Spain under Franco, where I live, Cuba under the power of either Castro, Zimbabwe under the regime of Mugabe, or any other nation under the tyranny of whoever, especially in Africa or central America.
    Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is a victim of this despotic "government" in this closed-off country, which has not changed much since my visit there in 1971.
    In the end honesty will triumph, but the governments of China and India (or even North Korea) need to be convinced of this.
    The fact that this junta regime did not send her to prison but simply put her yet again under house arrest is merely a "strategic" step so that she cannot take part again in the general elections in a year's time (hypocritical, to say the least), and the fate of the North-American who visited her is simply a vulgar expression of not taking any notice of what the world thinks or condemns – the present military junta could not care less what the rest of the world thinks.
    They showed this very clearly in the aftermath of the gigantic cycloon which hit the country last year.

    August 11, 2009 at 11:01 pm | Reply
  14. henry

    now is the time for world should give Burma more pressure than prviously.

    August 11, 2009 at 11:20 pm | Reply
  15. Carol

    I have made several trips to Burma, and have traveled into areas many tourists never see. Burmese admire Americans and Americans are welcomed visitors. I would like to see more private humanitarian aid - aid that goes to trusted people within the country, not to the government which has proven time and time again to be totally corrupt. It also may be time for some American investment that creates jobs within the country. But any US Corporation investing in the nation should be required to be exemplary employers - paying good wages, providing benefits, and demonstrating good corporate citizenship. Evil flees in the face of honesty, justice, goodness and decency.

    August 11, 2009 at 11:33 pm | Reply
  16. Italo Gismondi

    I definitely believe what dictators fear most is the truth, shutting up opposition leaders is a common trend either in Burma or elsewhere.
    Here in Latin America we see much of the same story, Hugo Chavez , Evo Morales and their alikes resort to the similar methods to silence whomever dares to challenge them.

    August 12, 2009 at 12:46 am | Reply
  17. Jason N. Naez

    The perceived "softening" of the military junta is a ploy designed to cushion the impact of international pressure and condemnation. It is a pernicious bait that must not be taken at face value by the international community. The goal is to free Aung San Suu Kyi from illegal incarceration as soon as possible. More pressures must be exerted to make this a reality. It is now the time for ASEAN to take a concrete and decisive role. ASEAN must not only be a forum on economic matters, but also a venue wherein questions of inherent human dignity and rights can be articulated and resolved without delay.

    August 12, 2009 at 12:55 am | Reply
  18. Soe Kyaw Thu

    Burma's regime is not softening. Initially the regime decided to place Aung San Suu Kyi in jail. But, it would result in escalated backfires from the world community, i.e., China will not be able to defend and protect the Burma's regime with its veto. That's why Aung San Suu Kyi was placed under house arrest for 18 more months.

    Burma's regime, with China's leaders and Russia's leaders on its back, is dare and brave enough to commit mass atrocities, ethnic cleansing, and mass killings if China and Russia think that they could defend Burma's regime in the world.

    UN Security Council = unsecurity Council for us Burmese and all ethnicities in Burma.

    On August 8, 1988 night, I was only one block away from Rangoon city Hall on Merchant Road. I had heard the sound of gun-fires. That night was a killing night of the Burma's regime toward innocent, unarmed students. August 8, 2009 was 21st anniversary of that night.

    In short, Burma's regime will never soften as long as China and Russia are on its back. China and Russia are the two nations that had vetoed UN Security Council resolutions in past.

    Thanks,

    August 12, 2009 at 2:10 am | Reply
  19. Andrew

    come on fellow Burmese People , we should get more involve on the world stage. This is where we should express our opinions. Let the world knows we are not cowards. Break the silent and express yourselves.

    August 12, 2009 at 2:46 am | Reply
  20. Jack T. Chance

    In fact it is happening in most of ASEAN countries where it is a norm to send oppositions to prisons, blackmailing and framing innocent oppositions in order to win back seats, like what is happening in Malaysia right now. With a Prime Minister such as Najib Razak, who has questionable ethics,and a kangaroo court case where his political aide Abdul Razak Baginda has been acquitted of murder of a Mongolian model that has been blown apart by C4 by two members of THE ROYAL MALAYSIAN POLICE which are assigned to protect and follow instructions of Najib and wife Rosmah. Recently, THE MALAYSIAN ANTI CORRUPTION COMMISSION was also in the news after an opposition aide Teoh Beng Hock was found dead from falling off a building where he was detained and questioned. DNA traces on his belt from several unidentified persons, likelihood is that he fell to his death during questioning.

    August 12, 2009 at 2:59 am | Reply
  21. Mr. Lee

    Wow! So you believe the junta is going to release Daw Aung San Suu Kyi at the end of this 18 month house arrest and this is showing the junta is softening to international pressure. What evidence do you have for this? I've got more evidence in their history showing that at the end of this 18 month span there will only be another excuse to put Daw Aung San Suu Kyi under arrest or imprisonment like they have done over and over again. Do you think even after these proposed elections they are going to let her be free and rally the people. A taxi driver in Yangon could tell you that your living in severe delusion. Wake up!

    The world community is falling into a trance that this 18 month sentence means the junta is going soft because of international pressure. Please show me even in recent history how this military dictatorship (SPDC) has gone soft because of international pressure. Was it during 2007 when peaceful protesting monks were killed and imprisoned? Was it during cyclone Nargis when they refused aid for over a month while their people suffered and died (estimate around 200,000 at least) and during that same time the dictatorship held a sham vote on their constitution?

    China, Russia, India, Thailand, don't forget Singapore's banking interests and other key countries involved in making money with Burma need to have international pressure put on them, by having the world expose them about how their economic interests over rule the human rights of the people of Burma (Myanamar). At least that will be a start in showing what is happening and how this dictatorship has been able to sustain itself for this long.

    Also, for true change to happen it really must occur within the country, and the people know the cost, that is why there is such fear to do it. It will probably be a great loss of life for freedom there, as if there has not been enough already.

    August 12, 2009 at 3:05 am | Reply
  22. Michael

    I suspect the Junta didn't force a full 5 year prison term in an attempt to dissuade the people from immediately staging a revolution. In their minds, they're trying to appear lenient to deny the people the real insult/push they'd need to rise up against their militarised oppressors. The junta are treading a line between delaying what the people want peacefully, and what the people would eventually take back forcibly, and I think it's a line that's finally getting thinner.

    August 12, 2009 at 3:09 am | Reply
  23. Danny

    The verdict is ridiculous. But now DASSK's proven she's tough. America should re-exmine the sanction and some poilcy on Burma. I hope the world is not making the toxicated plant grow bigger and stronger. All I've seen and heard were..condemnations. Where's the appropriate actions? Burmese people had enough with that. To world leaders and UN chief...this is the best you can do? Yes, there might be some other way of solving all these problems without having no bloodshed..If you can try enough and have brains to think!!! I'm tired of hearing the condemnations here and there...

    August 12, 2009 at 3:31 am | Reply
  24. D

    I have been doing quite a bit of charity work in Myanmar over the last year and further sanctions will only hurt the ordinary people, making a desperate situation worse. The solution I think is to invest in the country to create jobs, which over a period of time will build a middle class that will hold the regime to account. With sanctions comes lack of access to markets leading to a lack of large scale foreign investment and just strengtens the position of the regime.

    August 12, 2009 at 3:36 am | Reply
  25. Tom Ogor

    Everything is scripted by the junta. They knew the verdict days ago, so it is no surprise that even without time for discussion the so-called mitigation was delivered while the court was still in session. And what kind of leniency is it if Daw Aung Suu Kyi is allowed to read the junta's official news papers? That will only increase her misery. Why not let her read internationaly trusted newspapers? I feel sad for the people of the golden land that I love. The junta is confined in its own prison of insecurity and fear. Unfortunately they have so created fear among the people that the whole beautiful country is imprisoned.

    August 12, 2009 at 3:47 am | Reply
  26. Tom Ogor

    For me there is no surprise since everything was scripted days ago by the junta, isolated in its own prison. Who is fooling whom?

    August 12, 2009 at 3:50 am | Reply
  27. Swapan Chakravarthy

    Aung San Suu Kyi is a prisoner of conscience and the civilised world remains both mute and incapable of coming to her rescue. The Junta will not allow her to be free anytime sooner or even later. For that would mean Burma's return to democracy and a loss of political clout they have enjoyed since 1962. The situation is similar to Pakistan. In Pakistan the Army needs the blessings of US. In Burma, the Junta are dependent on China's goodwill. And why will China support a democratic country?

    August 12, 2009 at 4:34 am | Reply
  28. dean

    There is not much more the world can do.

    We have sent in former world leaders to the country, and collectively the free democratic world has put in place trading sanctons to pressure the country's government into reform. However this has had liitle effect. The only countrys like Thailand, India and China can help the situation further, but sadly, they choose do do nothing. Perhaps pressure on these countries will propmt action, but this seems unliikely. The only other alternative the world has, is to financially support the rebel citizens that struggle for democracy and freedom.

    August 12, 2009 at 5:27 am | Reply
  29. paul

    who cares what happens ....its only going to happen and what anyone says won't make no difference ...same with tibet and same with korea...

    the real enemy is china.....if china was to collapse by any means , natural or un natural ...then tibet is free...north korea will see civil war and burma will become another yugoslavia....so lets all pray something bad happens to china....ohh, while we are there .....howabout singapore....thats another chinese dominated regime state....

    see.....the chinese are too blame for everyting...no more chinese....less problems in the worldmaybe they might all die of swine flu.....then there will be enough food commodities to feed the rest of the world.....

    August 12, 2009 at 7:04 am | Reply
  30. BURMA

    What will make different even we can find out what is so suprise about those all thing? I am not suprise anymore on how the Junta react to Aung San Su Kyi . I am not suprise how Aung San Su Kyi could stand straight through all this things happening to her but, I am really suprise..really feel sad and shock, How the world can watch all this things happening in Burma " Myanmar" What so ever call. Have you ever stay in a country which doesn't have electricity? have you ever stay in a country with lots of people who desn't even know whatis internet.People are dying without being noticed, People losing their rights without being know what are their rights. It is amazing that the people outside the country are only intrested in politics while children there suffer with no proper education or graduates suffer with no proper jobs. So many thing happening inside in it. I am worried that all people from Burma will be pushed back to stone age soon.

    August 12, 2009 at 7:19 am | Reply
  31. Ron S

    hi Andrew Lyall, it really doesn't matter what name CNN or anyone uses cos the terms Myanmar and Bamar(Burma in english) is used interchangeably in the country. As a matter of fact the bastard generals changed the name officially to Myanmar so as to better reflect the country's multi-ethnic composition. they did quite a few of this kind of stunt just to score points with the citizen. anyway the term 'Bamar/Burma' is more representative of the majority Burmese group, who makes up about 60-70% of the population. So the term 'Myanmar' is actually a more politically correct term for the country since not everyone from there can be referred to as Burmese.

    August 12, 2009 at 7:31 am | Reply
  32. QY

    PAUL:

    You should be ashamed of yourself for spouting racist anti-Chinese hate messages on a public site like this. If you cannot have a civilised discussion on this serious international issue, then please keep your twisted facist sentiments to yourself.

    August 12, 2009 at 3:45 pm | Reply
  33. Kingsley Madubuike,Nigeria.

    It is a pity that the world has taken little or no action on the tyrants in mynmar & countries alike.How can the US and its allies stop extremists' ideologies when the people fighting for a free society are ignored.pls stop paying lip services.

    August 14, 2009 at 1:33 pm | Reply
  34. BURMA

    There's nothing much the US or world can do to the country itself but i do believe there is something that all can do to help the people overthere even it may take time. EDUCATION is challenge for everyone in the country. People get less knowledge tough they have been to school WHY? because the JUNTA has their own carriculum which gives nothing to anybody. So even the children knows how to write and read, they do not know how to think. If you ask a question " Do you know what is the meaning of democracy?" 9 out of 10 will say know. They only know Democracy is Aung San Su Kyi and if she frees, they will get democracy. That is what the majority of people think. Even that thinking skills is only among the people staying in the city. Those stays in remote village, they know nothing. They only know to work so that they will have money to eat. Especially those villagers near Nay Pyi Taw, they are really pleased with JUNTA. They now have the roads which they never even seen the capital city. They amaze when they see those water fountain park as they usually lack of water in their house especially in summer. Electricity! 24 hrs? Wow that's even amaze me as I only have 6 hours electricity in my downtown home. Well, so get back to my topic, Education! We need to open up those eyes. We need to make people to read more, to learn more and to know more about the real situtaion. How can we do? We need more help from neighbour countries and embassy within the country. For Example, The Britich Council in Yangon Myanmar, They have library, they have classes and courses for children but nobody can go except those who are rich and the family Members of the JUNTA. The same goes to the university and colleague of neighbour countries. So what do you think we can do to develope the talent and knowledge of those BURMESE?

    August 16, 2009 at 5:40 am | Reply
  35. BURMA

    There we go! It is a suprise now. JUNTA hand over John Yattaw back to U S? What an amazing news! So, What about Aung San Su Kyi. All those things happen to her is just because of Mr. Yattaw. I have no idea what kind of connection he has with GOD? Is this such simple? He came into Su Kyi house, put her in trouble and simple get away under the cover of U S? It really gives me a thought now. Are US supporting the JUNTA? ( Well, i don't want to think so but who know as China is backing up Burma and U S still could not ignore CHINA for economics) Overall, non of the countries nor the UN will not take serious intrest in such a small countries like BURMA or a lady called Aung San Su Kyi. The JUNTA knows it very well. So they will do whatever they want to do under the cover of CHINA, RUSSIA and NORTH KOREA. By end of some day. They could become the most powerful countries in the world. BURMA is rich with it's natural recources, CHINA has population and Technology, NORTH KOREA has Nuclear. So they will also join RUSSIA to cover Europe. Well, whatever it is, the mian important fact is people from Burma need to stand up to fight for what they want but there is a question, What do they want? Some political groups wants Democracy but is that the desire from every people in the countrie? I don't think so. People are so busy with their daily life struggling and in regards under the teaching of BUDDHA', they grow more content whithin the situation they live in and they were numb to the actions of JUNTA. Their everyday life has so much problems already with every movements they made. Less earning, long hours working and unsafe travelling on those GAS filled buses so it is no wonders that those people could not think how to make their countries a better place to stay while they could not even make their lif more easier. Though they did something to change, they know very well that their life will either end up in jail or shoot down by those JUNTA. 40%of the population who stays in BURMA downtown area are CHINESE as they have good business over there. So where all those BURMESE go?

    August 16, 2009 at 7:18 am | Reply
  36. Omar Haleem

    I am appalled at the US, they ave made the biggest mistake. Why, when the Mayanmar Junta refused to let the highest international diplomat UN secretary general Ban Ki Moon meet Da Aung Suu, was US enator which no one hs ever heard of outside the US allowed to go and met with Daw Aung..Does the US realise that this is an insult to the UN and every nation that it represents in the world?.

    What you all don't realise is that this is irrefutable proof that the UN stands for nothing, when the most high profile diplomat is refused permission and a US senator is granted it, then it makes us aware about who is really running the show.. Why dont you stop this whole charade and just say it like it is..it is'nt obviously the United Nations anymore..it's the United States Nation. Thank's a lot for clarifying this misconception that some of us had about the role and authority of the UN...jesus wept..does anybody know what tact & diplomacy means or is the US at war with the whole world?.. All the secretary generals of the past and the present and the future may as well just sit at home, let the US senate do the work and get the respect that is due to you..this makes the UN look like a sham organization with no power.

    August 17, 2009 at 2:20 am | Reply
  37. Five

    Section wouldn't work bcos China and some asian countries are exchanging with their rubbish and sucking best jade, gem ect fm BURMA by offering piece of cake to than shwe.

    August 17, 2009 at 3:14 am | Reply
  38. BURMA

    JUNTA release Johnn Yattaw according to humanitarian reasons but they do not have the same reason for Su Kyi to release? This is quite intresting as Senator offical Jim Webb Thanked for realising his citizen. Does he think the job well done? Yeah Job well done for you guys after creating all this mess for the lady just before she finished her house arrest and make her to have a criminal record. Do not never ever hope that the JUNTA are having a good gesture toward your country. They do not want to maintain a white people in their hand because they don't want the world to watch them.

    August 17, 2009 at 6:08 am | Reply
  39. Soe Kyaw Thu

    Now, Sen Jim Webb secure a freedom of US citizen who had caused the house arrest of Burma's leader: Aung San Suu Kyi. Is there conspiracy involved? I don't know. But, Yettaw's swimming to Suu Kyi's house was not helping Suu Kyi at all as opposed to Sen. Jim Webb's referring to Yettaw as a person who was trying to help Suu Kyi.

    Now, pro-engagement??? haha, dream about it whether ordinary Burmese citizens will become prosperous or not. From 1994 August to December 1996, I attended Rangoon Institute of Technology. At that time, military officials Tun Kyi, Khin Nyunt become the riches persons in Burma who were then sacked by Than Shwe due to their wealth.

    Nargis cyclone help from foreign countries were labeled as "Donated by deputy general Myint Swe" to persuade people for long military rule. I can't believe that the most stabilized democratic nation in the world: U.S.A is thinking about pro-engagement with most corrupted, and most embezzled, atrocious dictators in the world, the dictators of Burma.

    Is it the way of Democratic party or liberalism? I am not sure.

    Burma's democracy problem is not the problem of internal affairs or national reconciliation. How do people know that it is a problem with these issues? Do they go up to haven and returned with this OR Do God come to them and whisper in their ears? It is not internal affairs or national reconciliation! It is Burmese military generals' dark sides to hold on to their power and to sustain their power illegitimately. It is Burmese military generals exerting atrocities by ethnic cleansing, mass killings and inhumane tortures. If you think it is not true, then you will be searching for a black cat in a dark room without light. The ONLY answer to Burma's democracy is AUNG SAN SUU KYI.

    I would like to urge Obama administration to investigate about Yettaw's intention and the way he went to Suu Kyi's house to clarify conspiracy involved or not.

    Since an American's stupid act cost Suu Kyi to be under house arrest for 18 more months, I, as a person who has to decide to get naturalized or not, thinking about whether USA is a really just and fair country, would like demand that American soldiers' lives be compensated for the freedom of Suu Kyi.

    I don't want to see promises from tongues, not from hearts and actions, from the politicians of U.S.A.

    Thanks,

    August 18, 2009 at 4:11 am | Reply
  40. BURMA

    I am totally agree with you Five. People need to see the truth like us. Or maybe they just pretend not seeing the truth because they do not have the same opportunities like those Asian countries and China.

    West countries including U S knows that BURMA is rich but they could not think of a way to get it natural recourses and richness so they just simply ignore it.

    There is no such thing as Humanitarian or real support out there in the world. Nobody do anything if they could not get any profit from what they do. That is why UN is keeping quiet. BURMA will no profit to UN eventhough they help out to release Aung San Su Kyi or they help to stop killing thousands of polotical prosioners.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:42 am | Reply
  41. Soe Kyaw Thu

    Bill Clinton's effort to get two Americans released from N. Korea and Jim Webb's effort to get Yettaw released from Burma's dictators are different. Yettaw caused Aung San Suu Kyi to get in house arrest. I think that there is definitely conspiracy.

    From 1993 to 1999, Burma's dictators did not get strong sanctions like now. At that time, I was still in Burma. What happened? I did not even see a chance to improve myself, just attended R.I.T with no future offered by the military rulers. Even ordinary soldiers in Burma did not get chances to improve themselves. Why? The generals are fighting each other to get richer and richer such as Tun Kyi (nominated President for life for trade in Burma); Khin Nyunt (master of tortures to innocent people). That's why even there was no sanction, Burmese were not better. ONLY the military rulers get richer and richer.

    Back to Yettaw: U.S.A government will be utterly irresponsible if it ignored that current house arrest of Aung San Suu Kyi was caused by an American and the American was released by the probable conspiracy involved with Sen. Jim Webb.

    I would like to ask: How U.S.A. government will secure the unconditional release of Aung San Suu Kyi and political prisoners of Burma within 1 month?

    I would like to ask this to President Obama, Democratic party, Sen. Jim Webb, and Yettaw.

    Thanks,

    August 19, 2009 at 1:18 am | Reply
  42. Omar Haleem

    I used to think that the best way for the world to ensure that sanctions against such rogue states are imposed would be through follwoing up and keeping tabs and taxing those who aid and abet them, but that just wastes resources, i think the governement of United States is doing te right thing in engaging the junta in direct dialouge and providing them incentives to get them out of isolation and into the mainstream. I dont think the Junta can be changed through sanctions, they need to see the benefits that an open and fair democratically elected society can bring to Mayanmar. The issue of Daw Aung can also be resolved like this, I am glad this isolationist approach is being discarded, it has led to other states profiteering at the cost of those who had put these sanctions in place. Reason why i mentioned USA and not UNO or Eu is because it seems as far as taking initiatives is considered, the US is ahead of he others in the influence they yield, it seems that the are he prefere choice of these states as the ones who can bring a change into the politics of the region.

    August 21, 2009 at 4:07 pm | Reply

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