Monday, August 17, 2009

Hope in Burma?

Cheers to Senator Jim Webb for obtaining the release of American John Yettaw who was imprisoned for the crime of visiting Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi. Webb was granted a visit with Aung San Suu Kyi, as well as with ruling General Than Shwe, presumably because he has been in favor of a new policy of engagement with Burma.

Given that sanctions are not supported by such powerful trading partners with Burma as China, Russia and India, it would seem to make sense at least to raise the question of whether a different policy would work better. Certainly, any actions that draw more attention to this isolated country would appear desirable.

1 comment:

  1. Kind of weird that Yettaw swam across the lake to visit her. Wonder what he was hoping to accomplish? In this case it seems the government there was justified in sending him to the slammer. Let's hope he stays away from there!