The US administration was fast to attribute Obama's foreign policy to the changes taking place in Myanmar. As normalisation of US-Myanmar relation looks imminent, American diplomats were already jumping around, claiming it was their effort which led to a new Myanmar (or Burma).
What a load of craps!
The US, Myanmar, Asean and in fact the international community owe it to our former senior diplomat Tan Sri Razali Ismail (pic).
It was his continuous effort as the United Nations' special envoy to Myanmar in 2000-2005 that paved the way to a democratic Myanmar. He was the one responsible in securing the release of Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest in May 2002.
However, his impartiality as a UN Special Envoy was questioned by American officials in an embassy cable that was released via Wikileaks, alleging his business ties with the Burmese military regime.
Later however, Myanmar military junta repeatedly denied him entry to Myanmar, contributing to his decision to quit the special envoy status in December 2005. It was only recently that the junta realised its accusation against him was unfounded.
Across the United States and elsewhere - including in Kuala Lumpur - US diplomats were quick to claim credit for their 'endless' effort in bringing about changes in the Asean country.
As preparations were made to send a senior ambassador to Yangoon, some White House officials said it was Obama's policy of engagement which managed to bring one of the 'world's pariah states out from the cold.
Typical American diplomats. It was the same 'engagement policy' that allowed former President George Bush to launch military attacks on innocent Iraqis and Afghans. It was that particular policy which permitted the murder of Saddam Hussein and Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.
And Myanmar could be next if it fails to comply with their diplomatic pre-requisites!