It comes as no surprise that a court in Burma guilty of sheltering an uninvited American who swam across a lake and entered her home in a desperate effort to attain some fame. However, due to the kindness of the nation’s supreme leader, Senior General Than Shwe, the sentence of three years of hard labor has been reduced to 18 months of house arrest. Her lawyer noted that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi believes the sentence is totally unfair. A new barbed wire fence has been erected at the lakeside entrance to her home. John Yettaw, who made the crazy swim was sentenced to seven years of hard labor when he, most probably, should be sent to a psychiatric institution.
World leaders denounced the sentence, there will be pious editorials in newspapers and within a few weeks, she will be in her house while the world goes along with its business. Frankly, as long as China and India continue using the natural resources of Burma, nothing will prevent the thugs who run the country from doing as they desire.