Several days ago, a slightly confused American from the show-me state of Missouri decided to show himself to Burma’s captive leader, Aung Suu Kyi by swimming across a lake that borders her home and presenting himself at her door. Like any normal person in the prison known as Myanmr, she initially asked the stranger to depart, but he claimed to be exhausted and asked permission to rest. But, this is the state of Myanmar which is governed by a clique of paranoid military thugs who spend their lives worrying about who is out to overthrow their regime. After all, one can’t be too careful knowing that a stranger was able to swim across a lake and get to the house of a dissident. Was the swim merely the first step in an amphibious attack on the government?
Ms. Aung Suu Kyi is now under arrest and charged with the crime of aiding strangers who are engaged in some unknown, but definitely dangerous endeavor to create problems. If convicted she might receive a five year sentence. Who knows what evil lurks in the minds of Burma’s sick generals– certainly, they know enough to be fearful of midnight swimmers.