Aung San Suu Kyi joins a long, long list of politicians who’ve disappointed everybody once they finally got into office.
Of course, I don’t know if this is her adjusting to the situation, and admittedly I’ve only got a sketchy idea of what that situation is, or if she was never exactly what we thought she was. She also joins a long line of politicians who’ve won Nobel Peace Prizes (Menachem Begin, Barack Obama) and then turned out to be not so peaceful.
I’m speaking, of course, of the persecution and de facto expulsion of the Rohingya people, who are Muslims. She says that the military is just responding to terrorism, and blames fake news – I’ve really come to hate that phrase.
It sure looks like there are a lot of refugees. They are filmed beside their boats, both leaving Burma (I know it’s Myan Mawr – Burma is much easier to spell, and pronounce, and since you never know when it’s going to change back again, I’m going to continue using it for now) and after arriving in Bangladesh, and they tell horror stories. Of course, that’s not proof. I remember the horror stories of Iraqi troops pulling babies from their incubators in Kuwait hospitals, which, of course, turned out to be 100% not true and the one ‘nurse’ they interviwed over and over again turned out to be the daughter of the Kuwaiti ambassador to the U.S., and quite a fine actress.
The thing I resent about the phrase ‘fake news’ is that, even though there’s a lot of fake news out there, we don’t all agree about which news sources, we don’t always agree about which one. When I say fake news, I mean Breitbart, and the Daily Caller, and of course Fox News. When Trump says fake news, he means every network that’s not Fox.
So, we are at an impasse. If only there were some way to determine the truth…