Lead:  The lush and beautiful nation of Myanmar more commonly known as Burma is in the late twentieth century being forced to confront its lack of human rights and democracy by a diminutive housewife, a mother of two Aung San Suu Kyi.

Intro: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: The struggle for Burmese democracy cannot be separated from its experience as a part of the British Empire. Like so many nations that look back to a time under British rule, Burma was an important outpost in the British trading system. For most of the nineteenth century, the British were reluctant imperialists. There were English statesmen that longed to the see the Union Jack fly above capitals around the world, but they were in the minority.