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Courage is a woman who believes so much in the voice of the people she’ll go to prison for it.

Courage is Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi, who has championed democracy despite prison, house arrest, and abuse of power against her for more than 20 years.

(Thanks to Wikipedia for informing me that Aung San Suu Kyi is one of a few world leaders to be made an honorary citizen in Canada. She joins Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela, among others.)

I’m grateful for her example of leadership through peace.  I’m grateful for her strength as well as her gentleness.

I’m grateful that women and men — including monks who risked their lives for peace and democracy — are finally free to vote in this beautiful, beleaguered country.

I hope this victory lasts and the true voice of Burma is heard around the world.

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