Sen. John McCain (R) of Arizona visited Burma (Myanmar) to help improve bilateral ties this week, but he also took a swipe at Burma’s rulers by evoking the Arab Spring as a threat to authoritarian regimes around the world.
Aung San Suu Kyi's 18-month detention ends just after the Burma election. Observers say her release would signal the junta’s confidence in transitioning to a semi-civilian government.
Efforts to further isolate the military junta won’t succeed. Instead, world leaders should make the best of a flawed situation and work to reintegrate Burma with the community of nations.
Next year's elections push ruling generals to contain dissidents and quell insurgencies – without annoying China.