The Woman Who Promises Change
Your profile on Myanmar’s face of democracy, Aung Saan Suu Kyi, was beautifully presented. Suu Kyi, the Nobel Laureate, has certainly made her mark not only in Myanmar but throughout the world. Under house arrest for 15 years, Suu Kyi is the world’s most recent, prominent political prisoner. Her charismatic leadership and commitment to bring change has swept many off their feet which would explain her rising popularity. However, as mentioned in your article, the NLD has a long way to go before it can occupy the majority of the House of Representatives. While many question how much change she will actually bring about, what is certain though is that just by her presence as a member of the House and the international attention she brings with it, the military leadership and the government will have to carefully consider the steps they take. If anything, Suu Kyi will act as the people’s eyes inside the Parliament, influencing policy in their favor and ensuring that Myanmar guarantees equal rights to its citizens. This is an enormous success for the people of Myanmar who have been subjected to a military dictatorship and are now ready to usher in change and a new era of democracy. If she hopes to truly usher in change, Aung San Suu Kyi will have to work within the system and change it from within rather than try to overthrow it. This will take a great deal of skill in political diplomacy and only time will tell if Suu Kyi is really cut out for politics.
James Fulton Maryland, U.S