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Aung San Suu Kyi brings timely message for Europe – and Egypt

In her trip to Europe, Aung San Suu Kyi shares lessons learned in Burma (Myanmar) on how one's inner freedom can overcome despair. That's timely, especially for Greece as well as Egypt, as 'The Lady' also picks up her Nobel Peace Prize.


Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi speaks in Geneva, Switzerland, Thursday, on the start of a tour of Europe that includes picking up her Nobel Peace Prize in Norway.

Laurent Gillieron/Keystone/AP Photo

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An air of despair hangs over Europe, indeed much of the Mediterranean. From Greece to Syria, from Egypt to Spain, a crisis of either democracy or economy – or both – has millions of people on edge, feeling like victims.

So what better time for a visit to this troubled region by Aung San Suu Kyi? “The Lady” from Myanmar (Burma) has much to share on how to shake off personal despair and be free of fear, having endured two decades of struggle and isolation for her civic ideals and hopes for her impoverished country.

Here’s an example of the kind of lessons she can offer: Soon after her arrival for a 17-day tour of Europe, she was asked if she could forgive Myanmar’s powerful generals for having put her under house arrest for 15 years. She responded with typical steely confidence about her mission:

“In some ways I don’t think they really did anything to me…. I do not think I have anything to forgive them for.”


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