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Prove that you are not an elephant
by Thanos Kalamidas
2009-05-16 09:06:42
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Reading the latest news about Burma and the new torture the opposition pro democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has to go through I felt really sad, and as strange as it might sound I felt sad for my self. For the last few months news from all around, often very disturbing news have kept me of writing about Burma and the struggle of the people there for democracy. And now I’m thinking about it there were a few times I had enough of writing and I had a break that lasted for days if not weeks. But then I am the one who has often write that our only weapons to fight dictators and murderers of nations like Burma’s dictators, Mugabe and the Iranian freaks is to talk about it often and remind that they are still there torturing and killing.

For nineteen years Aung San Suu Kyi has been imprisoned by a group of army officers that did a military coup afraid that democracy will prevail their true occupations that was similar to all the stories of the mafia, smugglers, drug dealers and murderers. No, dictators are even worse than any crime organization for the simple reason that they can betray just everybody even their own family metaphorically and literally.

Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi is accused for violating the terms of her house arrest because an American guy, a war veteran from Missouri who tried to see her or meet her, there is a mystery to that point and to do so he swam cross the lake that is near her house hoping that he will go undetected from the guards. The man’s motives are a mystery at the moment but whatever they are, even his passion to meet a defender of democracy are not enough to constitute a crime but then again that’s what dictators know well, they don’t need proves or anything to accuse anybody for something they are definitely guilty themselves, treason!

Of course the international community reacted and as expected Obama administration was one of the first to react but then again weren’t all of them just like me? It took a serious event and one more chance to put Aung San Suu Kyi’s life in danger for everybody to react, the rest of the time we forget that she and the people of Burma live imprisoned and like slaves in their own land by their own people. We forget that these barbaric dictators torture and kill cannibalizing their own people. We forget that Saddam is dead but there are more Saddams around and something needs to be done.

Aung San Suu Kyi’s lawyers surprisingly confident declared that they will prove her innocence but it is like the dictators care if she is guilty or innocent, their problem is how to continue stopping democracy return to Burma and nothing else. Her house arrest sentence in theory finishes next year, actually a year from now, at the 22nd May 2010 and after that they must find another way to legalize the continuation of that imprisonment and naively this case gave them the alibi they were looking for so long and in very good timing. You see if she will be found guilty she’s going to be sentenced to five years in prison and according their enlightened beliefs most likely she will be dead in the meantime. Please don’t forget that here we are talking about drug dealing, a lot of money, money beyond imagination that definitely are not in Burma’s banks, and people like them always have a plan B!

Her lawyer said that Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi is held in a …guest room at the top security jail in Rangoon, I suppose by ‘guest room’ they mean torture hasn’t started yet is like an entrance before the main stage! According to her lawyer she is mentally and physically healthy and I feel now that they are all joking. The woman has been one way or another imprisoned threat with death and tortured the last nineteen years and she is mentally and physically healthy? How do they identify this ‘mentally and physically healthy’, because I’m sorry to point out but I don’t really get it!

"Suu Kyi said that she believes that she will be found 'not guilty' over her connection with the American intruder," that’s the exact words from her lawyer and I’m afraid that regarding the justice of the Burma’s dictators. Actually if she was to be found no guilty Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi has to prove that she’s not an elephant something obviously impossible and the only hope she has is to prove that she’s a tiger!

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