There are two clear debates taking place in response to Aung San Suu Kyi’s latest sentence – and neither concern whether she deserves to be punished. I can’t find anyone arguing that she deserves to be under house arrest (though that doesn’t mean those views don’t exist), so a programme revolving around the verdict may only get us so far. It gets far more animated though on these two issues:
1. Is this our business? Even if Aung San Suu Kyi is being imprisoned unfairly, should so many politicians and campaigners be concerning themselves with her plight? Are there many more people and situations that require more urgent attention? Is it appropriate for other countries to passing judgement and attempting to influence Burma’s judicial system?
2. Would should be done? Diplomacy, increased financial sanctions, an arms embargo, military action and nothing seem to me the five clear options. Which of these do you advocate?