AUNG SUN HERO OR VILLAIN? – Will U2 unwite all the nice songs about her?
Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi said the world is facing instability and conflict in part because illegal immigration spreads terrorism in a speech Monday that comes as her country is accused of violently pushing out hundreds of thousands of unwanted Rohingya Muslims.
Suu Kyi did not directly mention the refugee exodus as she welcomed European and Asian foreign ministers to Naypyitaw, the capital of Myanmar. But her speech highlighted the views of many in Myanmar who see the Rohingya as illegal immigrants and blame the population for terrorist acts.
The ongoing Rohingya exodus is sure to be raised by the visitors at the meetings held Monday and Tuesday.
The world is in a new period of instability as conflicts around the world give rise to new threats and emergencies, Suu Kyi said, citing “Illegal immigration’s spread of terrorism and violent extremism, social disharmony and even the threat of nuclear war. Conflicts take away peace from societies, leaving behind underdevelopment and poverty, pushing peoples and even countries away from one another.”
That sound you’re hearing all the way from Oslo is the collective scream of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, who are fast discovering that they have awarded their Peace Prize to someone who sounds suspiciously like Donald Trump. This arguably cancels out the wokest decision to award the 2009 prize to Barack Obama, presumably for being black, articulate and peaceful. Like second marriage, this audacious decision proved to be the triumph of hope over experience, Obama having proved subsequently bombed even more Muslim countries than George W Bush, not to mention being substantially more drone-happy than his predecessor.
Stand by for someone now to accuse Suu Kyi of being alt-right and a white supremacist.