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Aung San Suu Kyi wanted the Western world to become a holy woman. It' no wonder it's not her. Alan Davis' opinion.
In the last few months, Aung San Suu Kyi's PR accounts could also have been administered by Bell Pottinger. Aung San Suu Kyi spoke for the first tuesday about the goal and expulsion of the Muslim Rohingya majority in the Burmese government and said to Myanmar's parliament: "There have been accusations and recriminations.... We must ensure that these accusations are founded on sound proof before we act.
Myanmar's military, the Tatmadaw, has great sway and authority throughout the land - but also Aung San Suu Kyi herself. It has also neglected to voice its opposition to the increasing number of Myanmar towns that, among other cases of hatred and prejudices, have set up "No Muslims".
It is not that Aung San Suu Kyi can or should avoid a certain guilt. Most of the Buddhist Bamar, or the whole land? Because of their long-standing attachment to Great Britain, there is particularly strong condemnation in this state. In fact, Aung San Suu Kyi - the woman, the Iron Butterfly, a Nobel Prize winner, a pro-democracy symbol and the Nelson Mandela of Myanmar - was very different from her fellow Southman.
But, just like Mother Teresa of Kolkata, Aung San Suu Kyi has probably been appreciated by too many for too long. Over the years, more than Mother Teresa or even Princess Diana, Aung San Suu Kyi has had to queue up with millions of embassies, political figures, reporters and celebs.
I' m a big admirer since I first went to Myanmar in 1991, when it was totally insulated and few people had listened to or looked after her worldwide. Insein Prison for a short time because I took pictures on the anniversary of Aung San Suu Kyi's 2010 liberation. In the UK and throughout the whole world, how much have we helped to build the myth of the woman whose every words were a BBC sound bite and who could do nothing wrong? What is it?
Gen. Aung San established the Tatmadaw and lead his land to sovereignty, although he was murdered before it was eventually reached. Myanmar has been reduced to a mere female predicament against the general for about 25 years. Liberate Aung San Suu Kyi, the tale went, and all would be well.
She became Myanmar's state advisor at the age of 70 is not Mandela - but who is she really?