Aung San Suu Kyi really ought to consider denying interviews to the BBC because the interviewers are no longer reverential as previously. As slick as she is in handling questions, her deference & outright collusion with the military junta in Myanmar stand exposed.
When she was interviewed in 2013 on BBC & asked pointed questions by news presenter Mishal Husain, Suu Kyi was outraged & lost her composure off-air, snapping “No one told me I was going to be interviewed by a Muslim.”
Last week, BBC correspondent Fergal Keane interviewed her with questions less pointed than accusatory: “Do you ever worry that you will be remembered as the champion of human rights, the Nobel laureate who failed to stand up to ethnic cleansing in her own country?” That’s when Suu Kyi outright denied ethnic cleansing in Arakan state & said Muslims are killing each other.
Keane also asked: “Do you think people in the west misjudged or mischaracterized you or misunderstood you, expecting you to be an amalgam of Mahatma Gandhi & Mother Teresa…& maybe you’re closer…to Margaret Thatcher?” Actually, if you dispense with the mythologies about Gandhi & Mother Teresa to assess their real politics, Suu Kyi has an affinity with all three of them. But the barb is well-taken.
One can blither on about MSM till the cows come home but Fergal Keane has done a marvelous job exposing the legend of Aung San Suu Kyi.