Last few days, people have used these search terms to find the piece I did recently.
In a poetic form, I described Aung Sang Su Kyi as the Spirit of Democracy (Eternal Spirit of Freedom) , which I think sums up all the tears I see in peoples' eyes as they listen to her. Her life has the touch of folklore and fable that leaves an impression on peoples' hearts, a Prime Minister who was elected but not allowed to assume that position twenty one years ago.
I believe her nation was shackled by debt in purchasing vans, armoured vehicles and other military related equipment, which tied the nation down to an autocractic rule under the junta. But that enlightened trio let in aid from outside from friendly nations, mainly America, after the tsunami.
At that moment, I knew the military leaders are like Buddhist patriarchs, but their hands and feelings of compassion were tied. Now it seems they are open to change, to allow their nation, (their children almost) the freedoms of change and development.
The Leader of the Junta is now the President, and when Aung Sang Su Kyi went to meet him at his palace, she travelled on roads that were eight lanes wide, but on which there was little traffic.
The Leader, General Than Shwe, very graciously welcomed her in Rangoon. It can be deduced that they are ready for a gentle change to democracy, and will I believe allow this way forward. The past when they were typified as a brutual regime are times gone by, when their Buddhist characters must have felt trapped due to circumstances to impose a style of control they clearly do not believe in. The Enlightened One who they worship was a respector of souls, who set people free. So too will they.
With assistance from well-wishers, primarily in clearing their debts, would enable the Burmese people become free and start a new page in their nation's story. The logical step will be the inauguration of the Nobel Laureate as the Prime Minister of her people, who reciprocate the natural affecton and care she has towards her people. That will be a happy day for Myanmar, and although it has been 21 years in the making, it is drawing near. I pray that the Generals will offer the Spirit of Democracy their full support and aegis to implement a government and bureaucracy which will bring happiness and more visitors to their lovely country, and bring all the economic development they can have.
So many well-wishers wait for that joyous occassion.