"Saints, it has been said, are the sinners who go on trying. So free men are the oppressed who go on trying and who in the process make themselves fit to bear the responsibilities and to uphold the disciplines that will maintain a free society. Among the basic freedoms to which men aspire that their lives might be full and uncramped, freedom from fear stands out as both a means and an end."
The author of those words is a frail, 46-year-old woman named Aung San Suu Kyi. An exile most of her adult life, she and now lives under house arrest in her country, Burma, whose military rulers call it Myanmar. The words are from an essay, published by the New York Times in July, when she was awarded the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought by the European Parliament. Yesterday, she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace.
While democracy gains in the world, Burma gets worse, its tyrants evading notice through isolation and repression. The Nobel Prize puts a healthy spotlight on the country and affords some protection to the valiant opposition leader languishing in arrest, far from her husband and schoolboy sons.