The wait for Suu Kyi's release

Followers are waiting for the much-anticipated release of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi as her detention o

    Rumours abound and speculation is rife.

    Al Jazeera has teams covering the possible release of Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi from several sites ... and we are all doing the same thing - waiting. And trying to sift through the myriad of chaff thrown our way to find that elusive hint of wheat.

    Will they release her, or won't they? An entire hopeful nation awaits ... and the rest of the world looks on with anticipation. The only thing anyone knows for sure - is that no one knows anything for sure. As history has shown, everything in Myanmar now depends on the whims of a secretive few military leaders who have not let their cards show.

    There has been talk of the generals consulting psychics to advise them on an "auspicious" time and date to release the democratic icon on the other hand, many political analysts are trying not to sound like clairvoyants now themselves.

    How will The Lady's [as she has come to be referred to] release affect the changing political landscape of her country? And what will happen if they choose not to let her go?

     The answers can't possibly be so clear cut - even to psychic-consulting military men. If they extend her sentence, they face prolonged and possibly more virulent international condemnation … and deepen the glow of the "martyr for democracy" The Lady has become in the last two decades. It could serve to finally unite all groups opposed to their newly-elected, pro-junta "civilian" government.

    If they do release her - she is expected to do as she's done before - go back to political life - and work to put an end to their military rule. Which would most likely lead to their arresting her ... again.

    And the cycle goes on.  With the whole world waiting for it to end.

    The generals have remained silent, and are most likely caught between a rock, and a hard place.

    The end of The Lady's current sentence is only hours away ... and the whirlwind of chaff is only increasing as the countdown continues.

    In a recent statement, the Asia Human Rights Commission noted that Aung San Suu Kyi's captivity symbolises the captivity of her country could her release then possibly indicate the start of her nation's true road map to democracy?


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