UNITED NATIONS. "SEAL THE DEAL" WITH MYANMAR JUNTA. NOW DAW AUNG IS A "CONVICT"!

 

15 MARCH 2010

"SEAL THE DEAL" WITH MYANMAR JUNTA. NOW DAW AUNG IS A "CONVICT"!

Remember the headlines on Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, freedom fighter, democracy hero, Nobel Laureate from Myanmar, formerly known as Burma?

Remember the first visit by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to raise her quest for freedom from house arrest? Remember the attacks on him by U.N.-based correspondents posing as stalwarts for free speech? Remember how they slammed Special Representative Gambari's lack of results?

Now all is quiet on the East Asian front. After all, China and India, U.K. and France, were already on board with the Senior Generals in Yangoon. Financial deals, including oil, gas and other resources, were already contracted to designated companies. South Korea made a deal, coincidentally following Mr. Ban's visit and a substantive trade agreement was signed between the two countries (for details, search earlier issues of www.unforum.com).

The U.S. was the only visible standout. That was under President Clinton and under President George W. Bush, who was accused by liberals of disregarding human values in the Third World. It turned out to the contrary. His wife, First Lady Laura, championed Daw Aung's cause and the cause of educating women in Myanmar. It was with President Obama's hopeful world view that a curtain of silence was drawn. First there was that theatrical swim by a supposedly crazed U.S. citizen across the lake to the confined lady's spot. Then there was an "informal" visit by a Democrat congressman who was granted a meeting with the Senior General. There was then talk about "doing business" with the regime which, after all, promised to conduct elections in the near future.

Curious remarks started appearing in some mainstream media, most likely inspired by a very interested party. The New York Times' readers were told casually in a long story that the lady in question was indeed forgotten by the general public in her country. The majority of the population were very young and she's become too old. When some sort of elections were being prepared, Agence France Presse reported and The New York Times obliged, that new laws prohibit anyone convicted of a crime from being a member of a political party of from voting, and that "Mrs. Aung San Suu Kyi was convicted in August for violating the terms of her house arrest." Convicted?!

Gambari was sent to Darfur. Nambiar, who has conflicts of interest, is now handling Myanmar for the Secretary General, who is otherwise preoccupied.

And we thought "seal the deal" was about Climate Change!