Sunday, May 4, 2008
Aung San Suu Kyi
When one thinks of top 5 best human beings ever, names like Nelson Mandela come to mind. There are others flying under the radar.
Her commitment to the peaceful democratization of her country is humbling.
Aung San Suu Kyi is the rightfully elected Prime Minister of Burma, aka. Myanmar. Instead, she has been under house arrest for the better part of the years between her election in 1990 and the present day. She is also the only Nobel Peace Prize winner to be living under house arrest. On April 25th, 2008, the US Congress Awarded Mrs. Suu Kyi the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian award in the US. Though meaningless in light of the continuation of the military dictatorship within Burma, when one considers the other non-American recipients of the Congressional Gold Medal, (Sir Winston Churchill, Pope John Paul II, Nelson Mandela, the Dalai Lama and Mother Theresa ) one sees her place in the abovementioned top 5…
In his book entitled “Courage: Eight Portraits”, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown accurately describes Mrs. Suu Kyi.
"Suu Kyi's courage is the courage to sacrifice her own happiness and a comfortable life so that, through her struggle, she might win the right of an entire nation to seek happy and comfortable lives. It is the absolute expression of selflessness. Paradoxically, in sacrificing her own liberty, she strengthens its cry and bolsters its claim for the people she represents."
Despite their attempts to bring Burma to the forefront of Human Rights awareness, I feel like it comes across like a PSA... whatever, the cause is important.
New York Times Article on US campaign for Burma.
What the article is talking about.