Sen. John McCain makes a powerful argument that Southeast Asian nations should do more to combat the horrible human rights abuses in Burma. The ruling Burmese junta has created one of the world’s most oppressive governments and are holding Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize winner and democratic activist, under arrest.
Secretary Powell should make Burma a centerpiece of his trip to Southeast Asia. The United States must stand for the freedom of people across the world – not only in Iraq, but in Burma, Zimbabwe, and all other nations where totalitarianism has found refuge. We can no longer afford to live in an insular world where we have the luxury to pretend that such issues no longer effect us. We must leverage our power as we realistical can, not only militarily, but economically, and politically as well.