What the &^%$ did UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon think he would be doing, by going to Burma only to come back absolutely empty-handed?
The risks were fully known, but Ban Ki-Moon vowed the “right things” and then dedicated a speech in Yangon with the “right words” inside but…is it really the business of the UN Secretary-General to fly around the world begging to visit local dissidents, and then to lament his “disappointment” when not allowed to?
There’s plenty of low-ranking UN diplomats that perfectly able to do just that.
The bloody Burmese junta has made the usual electoral promise (this time for 2010…yeah, right!).
It could all have been so simple:
- Ban Ki-Moon lands in Yangon
- Ban Ki-Moon asks to see Aung San Suu-Kyi
- Ban Ki-Moon is refused to see Aung San Suu-Kyi
- Ban Ki-Moon flies away (immediately that is)
One would think even the current UN Secretary-General could devise such a complex plan, couldn’t he?
Perhaps in the post-Cold War world there is something fundamentally wrong in the way UN Secretary-General are chosen.