‘Change has come to America but we will need to wait generations for a change in Burma’

‘Change has come to America

but we will need to wait generations

for a change in Burma’

 ‘Change has come to America’. These were the words uttered by Barack Obama as he addressed the United States for the first time as the president-elect.


“Restoration of full democracy cannot happen overnight; it will take generations,” Tomás Ojea Quintana, the United Nations’ Human Rights Envoy for Burma said, adding that it was insufficient for the United Nations to simply issue resolutions on the situation in the Southeast Asian country, instead insisting that resources must also be made available so that the goals of resolutions may be met. 

“The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even one term, but America – I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there.

Quintana has repeatedly put forth four elements which must be implemented:

  • the revision of domestic laws that limit fundamental rights,
  • the progressive release of political prisoners,
  • military reform,
  • and alterations to ensure an independent judiciary. 

 The Special Envoy stressed that as the process unfolds, the promotion of human rights must not be subjected to double standards or politicization. 


 “I promise you – we as a people will get there,” he said at a victory rally in Chicago which was telecasted live around the world.

  • “There will be setbacks and false starts.
  • There are many who won’t agree with every decision or policy I make as president.
  • And we know the government can’t solve every problem.
  • “But I will always be honest with you about the challenges we face.
  • I will listen to you, especially when we disagree.
  • And, above all, I will ask you to join in the work of remaking this nation, the only way it’s been done in America for 221 years – block by block, brick by brick, calloused hand by calloused hand.”

Earlier, McCain had urged all Americans to join him in congratulating Obama on his projected victory in the presidential election.

”I pledge to him tonight to do all in my power to help him lead us through the many challenges we face,” McCain said before his supporters in Phoenix, Arizona.

Myanmar Military leaders failed to congratulate winner Daw Suu but shamelessly called her names and condemned her repeatedly.

Bush calls to congratulate

President George W Bush also called Obama to congratulate him.

Bush told Obama he was about to begin one of the great journeys of his life, and invited him to visit the White House as soon as it could be arranged, according to White House spokeswoman Dana Perino.


General Saw Maung, General Than Shwe and SLORC/SPDC generals never congratulate nor invite Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to their administrative centre.

Obama’s former rival for the Democratic nomination, Senator Hillary Clinton said in a statement that “we are celebrating an historic victory for the American people.”


“This was a long and hard fought campaign but the result was well worth the wait. Together, under the leadership of President Barack Obama, vice-president Joe Biden, and a Democratic Congress, we will chart a better course to build a new economy and rebuild our leadership in the world.”


And last of all, Bogyoke Aung Gyi and U Nu also failed to cooperate with Daw Suu.

Message to the world

He has a message for those listening to his speech outside of United States.

  • “To those who would tear the world down: We will defeat you.
  • To those who seek peace and security: We support you.
  • (We count on your words, we believe you, Burma needs your help Mr President)


“And to all those who have wondered if America’s beacon still burns as bright:

Tonight we proved once more that the true strength of our nation comes

  • not from the might of our arms
  • or the scale of our wealth,
  • but from the enduring power of our ideals:
    • democracy,
    • liberty,
    • opportunity
    • and unyielding hope.”


So, I hereby humbly request the President Obama to fulfill his above promise to help our hope of liberating BAMA PYI (our country Burma) from the tyranny of SPDC and get the true democracy.

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