Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely…

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That’s not exactly what Aung San Suu Kyi said.  She said “It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it.”  Poetic, truthful and Burma_3_150insightful words from a woman who would know.

In my own little universe recently, I’ve been distracted from the bigger picture.  I’m always a little disappointed in myself when that happens.  While I paid attention to the minutia of the Cronulla Sharks sex scandal reborn, one of the world’s great activists for peace went on trial for breaching her house arrest in Burma.

Dr Suu Kyi entered politics to promote democratisation of Burma’s government.  She founded the National League For Democracy.  For these ‘crimes’, she has endured under house arrest on and off since 1989, remaining separated from her children and also her husband.

Recently, an American protestor/activist swam across Rangoon’s lake Inya, to Dr Suu Kyi’s house and stayed there despite her repeated requests for him to leave.  This episode resulted in Dr Suu Kyi’s current trial.  She’s being tried for breaching her house arrest and Burmese security laws.  She has been denied top flight legal representation and diplomats have been refused entry to the trial. 

Through all this, Dr Suu Kyi has remained and advocate for hope in Burma.  When asked for a message to give to her people, Dr Suu Kyi famously replied “If you are feeling helpless, help someone.”

I wonder who will help Dr Suu Kyi.

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