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What Aung San Suu Kyi Didn’t See/EL QUE NO HA VIST AUNG SAN SUU KYI

What Aung San Suu Kyi Didn’t See

by Josep C. Verges

Aung San Suu Kyi with her beloved husband Michael Aris who died of cancer in 1999 without being able to see her again, refused entry into Burma. Below: Reunited with her youngest son Kim in 2010. Her eldest Alexander lives in Oxford.

The new conscience of the world Aung San Suu Kyi visited Europe for her second trip to the free world in 24 years, after Thailand. She had been in prison and house arrest for 22 years for winning the elections in 1990 and now she has won again elections on the road to democracy. Some major players were missing in her tour of the rule fo law and freedom.

First stop Geneva to thank the ILO for their fight against slavery and child labour in Burma. But she didn’t see the Red Cross, also Geneva based, too cozy with the military dictatorship.

 Second stop Bern to visit a citizen parliament which sits part time with part time politicians. But she didn’t see Berlin with its heavy handed leadership of Europe with professional politicians.

Third stop Oslo to collect the Nobel Peace Prize she had been barred from. But she didn’t see President Obama, who won the Nobel Peace Prize without having governed.

Fourth stop Dublin, welcomed by Irish musicians who sang her cause. The Burmese are known as the Irish of Asia, for their fight against the English, their heavy drinking and their superstition. But she didn’t see any Hollywood stars, little interested in freedom.

Fifth stop Oxford, her university and home for 24 years. But she didn’t see any Ivy League colleges, little interested in the rule of law.

Sixth stop, for now, London, to address the Mother of Parliaments, but she did not see Washington. America is no longer seen in the world as a beacon of freedom. Certainly she would have been welcomed by Reagan or FDR, to name two giants for freedom, but today’s pygmy White House has lost its moral compass.

El que no ha vist Aung San Suu Kyi

per Josep C. Vergés

Retrobada amb el seu fill petit Kim el 2010. El seu fill gran Alexander viu a Oxford. Primera foto: Aung San Suu Kyi amb el seu estimat marit Michael Aris que moria de càncer el 1999 sense poder tornar-la a veure-la, prohibida l’entrada a Birmània.

La nova consciència del món Aung San Suu Kyi ha visitat Europa per al seu segon viatge al món lliure en 24 anys, després de Tailàndia. Havia viscut 22 anys de presó i arrest domiciliari després de guanyar les eleccions de 1990 i acaba de guanyar de nou les eleccions en el camí cap a la democràcia. Alguns importants jugadors han estat absents en la seva volta per l’estat de dret i la llibertat.

La primera parada ha estat Ginebra per agrair l’OIT per la seva lluita contra l’esclavitud i l’explotació infantil a Birmània. Però no ha vist la Creu Roja, també amb seu a Ginebra, massa acomodatícia amb la dictadura militar.

La segona parada ha estat Berna parada per visitar un parlament ciutadà que es convoca a temps parcial amb polítics també a temps parcial. Però no ha vist Berlín amb el seu lideratge de mà dura d’Europa i polítics professionals.

La tercera parada ha estat Oslo per rebre el Premi Nobel de la Pauque no havia pogut recollir. Però no ha vist el president Obama, que va guanyar el Nobel de la Pau sense ni haver governat.

La quarta parada ha estat Dublín, benvinguda pels músics irlandesos que han cantat la seva causa. Els birmans són coneguts com els irlandesos d’Àsia, per la seva lluita contra els anglesos, el seu fort beure i la seva superstició. Però ella no ha vist cap estrella d’Hollywood, poc interessades en la llibertat.

La cinquena parada ha estat Oxford, la seva universitat i residència durant 24 anys. Però no ha vist cap universitat americana de l’Ivy League, poc interessades en l’Estat de dret.

La sisena parada, per ara, ha estat Londres, per dirigir-se a la Mare dels Parlaments, però no ha vist Washington. Amèrica ja no es veu en el món com el far de la llibertat. Certament, hauria estat ben rebuda per Reagan o Franklin D. Roosevelt, per citar dos gegants de la llibertat, però avui en dia la Casa Blanca pigmeu ha perdut la seva brúixola moral.

21 June 2012 - Posted by | News comment/Comentari al dia, Politics/Política | ,

1 Comment »

  1. Whenever Suu Kyi opens the sunroof of her SUV, stands up and graciously greets the people, they reach out to her or hold up their small children. Some in the crowd chant her name and run after the convoy until they eventually stop out of sheer exhaustion or even collapse in the street.

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    Comment by silver account | 10 July 2012 | Reply


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