Myanmar Is Not a Simple Morality Tale

In this article published in the New York Times on November 25, 2017, Roger Cohen writes about the dilemma of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.  He comments ‘The West made a saint of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. The Rohingya crisis revealed a politician.’  

NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar — As world capitals go, this is one of the weirdest. Six-lane highways with scarcely a car on them could serve as runways. The roads connect concealed ministries and vast convention centers. A white heat glares over the emptiness. There is no hub, gathering place or public square — and that is the point.

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1 Response to Myanmar Is Not a Simple Morality Tale

  1. Malcolm Crout says:


    Pope Francis should have but he didn’t. It harks of the Popery of days past when the Jewish peoples were being murdered. Why do all leaders assume the need to behave as politicians in one form or another? Sadly this posture conflicts with human values which are easily ignored in the race to enhance some ethereal common good. I submit the common good is a greased pig. Moreover it flits into and out of the language of leaders who use it as an excuse to say something without doing anything. We shriek at the hapless Turnbull over trifling domestic matters compared to the horrific issues in Myanmar …. and yet on this infinitely more serious issue where common outrage needs to be brought into focus we remain mute. The capacity for humans to ignore suffering on their doorstep continues to amaze and disgust me. Shame on us all!

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