February 7, 2004 - Seven months after my return from South East Asia, little has changed in Burma. Aung San Suu Kyi remains in custody, and the military government continues refusing to accept responsibility for the abuses of power committed during its rule. Occasionally news emerges from Burma, but for the most part, this sad country is forgotten by the free world. Recently, I took the opportunity to express my concerns about Burma to the Ambassador of Myanmar and to the President of the United States. The letters are posted below.
"We gain nothing at all by buttoning our lips in the face of injustice. We put the brakes on progress every time we fall for self-censorship. And now, today, while we in the West live free, it is those in other countries who will suffer from our timidity. But surely when we die God will reveal to us the pain of His children, our sisters and brothers, and ask us why did we not speak out against it. And the pain will fill us up and we will not know for a second why we ever thought it better or wiser or more beneficial for us to stand silent while our family cried."
The Iron Road - A Stand for Truth and Democracy in Burma
Aung San Suu Kyi