Now that we have brought peace to the Middle East…

let us turn our attention to Burma, or Myanmar, as the regime has decreed. 

People are living there, as Athol Fugard said. One of them is Aung San Suu Kyi.

This is from Wikipedia: “In 1990, the military junta called general elections, which the National League for Democracy won decisively. Under normal circumstances, she would have assumed the office of Prime Minister. Instead the results were nullified, and the military refused to hand over power…

She was released from house arrest in July 1995, although it was made clear that if she left the country to visit her family in the United Kingdom, she would be denied re-entry. When her husband Michael Aris, a British citizen, was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1997, the Burmese government denied him an entry visa. Aung San Suu Kyi remained in Burma, and never again saw her husband, who died in March 1999. She remains separated from their children, who remain in the United Kingdom.”

When I read this, I felt an incredible sadness. I wanted to write something about how all that is noble in the human beings, all that you ever dreamed a person would do for another, and for us all, and all that is timeless and infinite, and beautiful beyond belief, and all that is fetching and appealing and all the same, crushing, about our existence, and how the sound of the birds echo in some forgotten corner of the heart and mind, and about bicycles and boys and ululation, and…and…

But at the end I ask only: Is she insane? 


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