I’ve written before about the plight of the Rohingya people, a Muslim ethnic minority in Western Burma. Their situation becomes more dire as they are denied not only the rights of Buddhists in Burma, but even basic aid offered by international NGOs.
I’ve written before about the increasing dissatisfaction, both within Burma and from the outside, with Aung San Suu Kyi, who was previously the champion of freedom, democracy, and human rights in Burma.
Now Daw Suu Kyi is silent. She tells us “don’t forget that violence has been committed by both sides. This is why I prefer not to take sides and also I want to work towards reconciliation between these two communities. I’m not going to be able to do that if I’m going to take sides.” this stance is certainly diplomatic, and I’m sure there is truth to it. But this is effectively condoning the discrimination and massacre of a horribly oppressed people.
I don’t know Daw Suu Kyi’s game. Is she strategically staying neutral so as to maintain credibility to eventually be more effective? Is she more focused on the Democracy issues in Burma without the attention to delve in to Human Rights issues? Is she in the pocket of the Burma Army? I don’t know.
What I do know is that you can never put your entire faith in one human. Daw Suu Kyi was never going to save Burma. The people of Burma will save Burma when they put aside religion and ethnicity and unite to work for quality of life for everyone. But then, Burma isn’t unique in its need to strive for those values.