A lot of people are circulating an article by George Monbiot from the Guardian-UK titled “Take away Aung San Suu Kyi’s Nobel peace prize. She no longer deserves it.” The good news is that a major publication is writing about her complicity with the military junta. The bad news is Monbiot’s schoolboy credulity & lack of investigative skills. I’ve been studying & writing about the Rohingya struggle against genocide since the 2012 military siege against them. At the very same time that thousands of Rohingya were fleeing for their lives, she was picking up her Nobel Peace Prize & going to several other countries to round up more humanitarian awards without uttering a peep in defense of the Rohingya. That glaring contradiction apparently didn’t strike Monbiot but it should have, as it certainly did me since I’m not given to credulity in politics. I have many posts & articles since that time about her associations with the junta.
This is a two-part article I wrote about Suu Kyi for Pakistan Today last March. Pardon me for tooting my own horn, but it is a much more carefully researched & knowledgeable article than Monbiot wrote. His is more the triumph of facile over fact–many of which he gets entirely wrong.
PS: For the record, since Kissinger & several other war criminals have been recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize, there’s no reason to take it from her; she more than deserves it.