Saturday, September 22, 2007

With or Without Laura Bush

Monks Allowed Past Suu Kyi's House

The Associated Press Saturday, September 22, 2007; 9:29 AM

YANGON, Myanmar -- The wave of anti-government demonstrations sweeping Myanmar touched the doorstep of democracy heroine Aung San Suu Kyi Saturday as Buddhist monks marched past her home and said they were greeted by the detained political leader.

The encounter, described by a monk to a crowd of anti-government protesters and confirmed by several witnesses, ties together a month-long movement of protest against the ruling military's economic policies with the country's decades-old uphill struggle for democracy.

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Aung San Suu Kyi will ascend to the presidency she won 18 years ago.

A woman of conscience to whom Vaclav Havel (then Czech President) deferred his Nobel Peace Prize, she will arrive at the presidency because of the Buddhist monks who march in her honor.

The military dictatorship in Myanmar (Burma) is not vulnerable to world opinion, economic boycott or violent overthrow. But they are (and will be) unable to function as the country's religious leaders turn against them. It's a very rare thing to see in Buddhism, but we are witness to the beginning.


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