Monday, May 29, 2006

Suu Kyi to Remain Under House Arrest

Aung San Suu Kyi's house arrest term ended this weekend, leading some to hope that her detention would end. Of course, the term has been extended. The Burmese military regime is not stupid afterall when it comes to clinging to power.

The fact that people continue to get their hopes up about the behaviour of brutal dictatorships perplexes me. It seems to me that you should always expect the worst of governments that oppress their own people, even while pressuring them to reform. Every once in a while they may surprise you, but only very rarely (I am at a loss to think of a single incident). Otherwise it seems that you are setting yourself up for guaranteed disappointment.

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