It’s amusing to see #saveourleader Aung-Sang-Suu-Kyi’s embrace of the West’s cries for democracy not really work out for her.
After winning the Nobel Peace Prize and then basically overseeing the murder of the Rohingya by the brutal Burmese military, she’s been ousted by a military coup and is facing jail time now.
We’ve talked about this before, so no need to harp on it for too long, but the fact that Suu Kyi has much gotten away with murder makes the charges related to incitement and “disturbing public order” as well as “violating coronavirus restrictions” pretty hilarious.
That this is what the Burmese military is focusing on is no surprise. They were complicit in her crimes against our Rohingya brothers and sisters, many of whom are now in Bangladesh and facing an uncertain future.
It’s clear the Burmese military doesn’t care about democracy, but Suu Kyi apparently didn’t really care much about that either. The goal now is just to keep Suu Kyi out of the reach of power.
Bottom line, we’ve all been sold this label, this narrative of “democracy.” It becomes the cries of protestors from Southeast Asia to the Americas to the Arab World. Think about it. Why is Antony Blinken so concerned about a woman who oversaw the slaughter of Muslims? Is it all really in the name of democracy, or is it more a matter of supporting the people who will tow the line?
With each successive corrupt leader and murderous, secret plan of the West (CIA-supported coups and propping up “democratically elected” presidents who are involved in things like the opium trade), we see how empty these words are and how unfortunate it is that people fall for it. The Rohingya, though, must understand well that these words can be dangerous.