The appalling state of human rights in Burma is largely overlooked on the world stage. But it means a lot to those who live there. And it’s those who live there that are risking much to take a stand. The New York Times is reporting that:
The largest street protests in two decades against Myanmarâ€™s military rulers gained momentum on Sunday as thousands of onlookers cheered huge columns of barefoot Buddhist monks and shouted support for the detained pro-democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
While it gives me hope for Burma, it also worries me. The same article notes that:
The public display of discontent in Myanmar mirrors that of the previous uprising â€” anger over a brutal and incompetent military government that has turned one of Southeast Asiaâ€™s best-endowed and most-sophisticated nations into one of its most-repressed and poverty-ridden.
That previous uprising – in 1988 – resulted in a bloodbath. I wish I could do more than this. I wish the world would do more than nothing.