Monday, May 18, 2009

Aung San Suu Kyi

As if 14 years under house arrest weren't enough, Aung San Suu Kyi has been transferred to the hellhole of Insein prison on the outskirts of Rangoon. (If you've visited Burma, you drove through Insein on your way from Mingaladon airport to downtown. Many of the Flying Tigers were billeted there in January and February 1942, and some were buried there.) Suu Kyi's trial was scheduled for today. Her fame is such that we can hope she's not subjected to the torture and mistreatment for which the prison is infamous, but there's less reason to hope that her imprisonment will end this month as Burma's law requires.

SecState Clinton has said she's 'deeply troubled' by Suu Kyi's imprisonment, but President Obama has been silent. On Friday he extended US sanctions against Burma, but he had nothing to say about its imprisoned heroine. This seems to be his custom when faced with a potentially explosive situation. Blue skies! -- Dan Ford


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