Sunday, September 30, 2007
Light in Burma?
It may be largely because the military and police have "locked down" the country pretty comprehensively, but the fact that long-time democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyii was allowed to leave house arrest for long enough to meet with a U.N. envoy. Nonetheless, it's difficult to see it as other than a hopeful sign that at least the current troubles will be resolved with a lot fewer dead demonstrators than was the case in 1988. It could go badly rather quickly, but even if the government has won this round, I can hardly imagine it will be another 18-19 years before the next serious and visible outbreak of discontent with the government.