Burma is a romantic, as a well as a just, cause, and over the years it has drawn its share of fantasists, eccentrics, self-publicists and straightforward lunatics, as well as many effective and committed campaigners. Even some of the latter have made a contribution which years later, appears doubtful…Burma is a worthy cause, and worth taking risks for, but only after careful contemplation on the effects of such actions.

– Extracted from Richard Lloyd Parry, “Midnight swim by Burma activist John Yettaw plays into hands of junta”, The Times, 14 May 2009.