For the life of me, I couldn't figure out why President Obama took such a short jaunt into the Far East after the election. It seemed like an expedited diplomacy trip on the surface, but that wasn't what it was at all.
It was a reward...to himself.
Anyone who takes the time to understand the man in the US Presidency will come to one solid conclusion. He is an absolute opponent to any type of historical colonial rule. The Brits in India...horrendous. The Brits in Burma...those bastards. The United States in the Philippines...how could we? You get the idea. So, I suppose this wasn't a surprise:
Amid the flash, the centerpiece of Obama’s journey was his address at the University of Yangon. In the audience in the small but packed auditorium was Aung San Suu Kyi, awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 for advocating democracy and opposing the military dictators who controlled Burma.
Obama hit a critical note immediately, saying: “I came here because of my respect for this university. It was here at this school where opposition to colonial rule first took hold.”
He wasn't shoring up support or hardlining China by his visits to various nations in a two day period. He was doing himself a solid by rewarding himself with a visit to an anti-colonialism school in Yangon.He spoke to the legacy of anti-colonialism that courses through most of Asia today, including Burma, once ruled by Britain. Before World War II, Western powers ruled every country in Asia except Japan, Thailand and Nepal. That colonialism ended in 1999 when Portugal handed Macau back to China.