October 18, 2010. BURMA. Min Ko Naing will spend another birthday imprisoned and isolated from the people of Burma.
As we celebrate the birthday of this courageous leader, we are reminded of the difference between the regime and Min Ko Naing. We are also aware of what it is to be truly courageous; truly heroic.
Any simpleton can pick up a gun and start shooting at others. That does not require courage only a weapon and minimal manual dexterity. Any brute with the force of an enormous, protective army can arrest and imprison anyone they choose.
True courage can be seen in those who, armed with nothing more than their superior moral position, stand up to a brutal armed regime; and persistently defy their order; refuse to cower under their threats; to simply demand the rights that should be available to all humans…that is true courage.
Min Ko Naing, like Aung San Suu Kyi and over 2000 other prisoners of the regime are willing to risk their own well being for a cause greater than their own personal interests or safety. These stunning souls are powerful and inspiring examples of such uncommon courage.
On Min Ko Naings birthday we realize that the regime again elevates this man to the status of hero rather than prisoner.
So let us wish our brother Min Ko Naing a happy birthday. Assure him that he is not alone in his fight for justice and freedom. Let him know that he will prevail.
"Sculpture of Min Ko Naing by Jim McNalis"