Irony in Politics: John Yettaw is Released

Senator Jim Webb of Virginia went to Myanmar (not officially representing the US) and secured the release of John Yettaw– the man who was sentenced to 7 years for violating Aung San Suu Kyi’s house arrest terms.

The irony is that Aung San Suu Kyi has not been released, but the American who swam across a lake to tell Suu Kyi that he had a dream she was being assassinated (he actually testified to this during his trial) is the one who will get off scot free.

Senator Webb also met with General Than Shwe (head of the military junta) and with Suu Kyi. Clearly it is a better policy to engage Mynamar rather than isolate them; it is unfortunate however that it has taken so long for the US administration to realize that they will have more influence if they build ties.

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  1. Cookie MonsterAugust 16, 2009

    Unfortunately nothing will change. Suu Kyi will remain in detention for the 18 months, and the millitary junta will “win” the election. At the very least, if she gets freed, it will be after the elctions, and not before.

    As downbeat as I seem, that is the sorry fact which we will have to accept 🙁

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  2. ChiaraAugust 16, 2009

    The biggest “irony” for me is that this American meddler is free after adding 18 months to Suu Kyi’s house arrest, for not having an aid toss him back into the water no matter how tired he was. The second irony is that only when an American is directly threatened did the Americans respond, or start to build ties. Rather short-sighted, it seems.

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  3. seraiAugust 16, 2009

    Yes, it is very unfortunate and extremely short sighted. Yet US foreign policy has done it so many times- and it has not worked ANYWHERE!!

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