The spirit of freedom is abroad, and has landed momentarily (and we might hope, permanently) in Myanmar/Burma, in the person of thousands of Buddhist monks who are defying the thugs in the ruling military junta and staging the biggest anti-government protests in nearly two decades.
Let us hope the military junta don't repeat their murder of 3,000 protestors in those student protests two decades ago.
Let us hope too that if the anti-government protests are successful in overturning the military dictators, the spirit of freedom will be guided more by rational political philosophy than feel-good Buddhist bromides, or else Myanmar/Burma will remain as mired in poverty and authoritarian rule as it has been for most of the modern era. Let us hope.
But don't think you can go there and help the monks overturn the thugs. Liberty Scott reminds us that if you and your friends wanted to help confront the dictatorships in Burma (or in Zimbabwe or Syria for that matter) as a private citizen, then Helen Clark and the Labour government, supported by the pacifists in the Greens have banned you doing that.
After all, the state is sovereign isn't it?