Aung San Suu Kyi must face Myanmar’s harsh realities

Aung San Suu Kyi must face Myanmar’s harsh realities

Calls for Aung San Suu Kyi to be stripped of her Nobel peace prize are simplistic, argues Gerry Abbott, while Randir Singh Bains says some Rohingya Muslims must share the blame for the Myanmar crisis

George Monbiot (Take away her Nobel peace prize. She no longer deserves it, 6 September) is of course appalled at the continued ethnic cleansing of Rakhine state, but it is no good behaving like the roadside accident witness who just screams: “Do something!”

Working for a couple of years under Burmese military rule, I experienced some of the difficulties that Aung San Suu Kyi faces. Among these are an institutionalised hatred of western outsiders, a corresponding conviction of Burman superiority over various minority groups and a Kafkaesque talent for obfuscation and the frustration of any initiatives not created by the junta. What is needed is a series of specific proposals for consideration, so that observers will know precisely what is being rejected.

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