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Western attacks on Burma's pro-democracy leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, merely assist the military regime

What impression would you get of Nelson Mandela from an article which reported only the views of his opponents in the ANC? The answer is obvious. Unfortunately for Burma’s pro- democracy leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi (Daw Suu henceforth), detention denies her the freedom to challenge unfounded criticism of her leadership. The portrait painted of Daw Suu in last month’s Prospect by Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy must therefore be challenged by those who can.

The first thing to say is that Daw Suu has not courted the admiration which she attracts from around the world. She hasn’t chosen…

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