(CNN) — Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi will stand trial Monday for an incident in which an American allegedly swam across a lake and stayed for two days in her closely guarded residence, where she is under house arrest.

John William Yettaw

One has to ask the obvious question regarding John William Yettaw and that is what in the world was he doing there? This is not the first time he has been in Myanmar and he must have known the consequences of his actions if he were caught, not only to him but to Aung San Suu Kyi. Now The 53-year-old Yettaw faces charges in Myanmar, as well as angering those who had never heard of him before and those close to him. All that he has managed to do is play into the hands of the junta who must be thrilled at this irresponsible action by none other than an American. What was this man thinking he could accomplish? Is he truly a pro Burmese activist or is he working for the Myanmar junta? One has to wonder. From the various reports Aung San Suu Kyi is currently in a frail condition and was put on an intravenous drip last week for dehydration and low blood pressure, and if the Myanmar junta decided to send her to prison it could very well amount to a death sentence. Opposition activists denounced her trial, set to begin on Monday, as a ploy by the country’s junta to keep Suu Kyi, 63, sidelined ahead of elections in 2010. All of this comes just two weeks before her latest six-year detention was due to expire on May 27, 2009. One has to truly ask what was Yettaw’s motives for pulling such a stunt? At 53 he is not exactly some spring chicken to go off swimming reportedly two miles across a lake. One might also ask how is it that he was permitted to enter Myanmar if he had already been known to be an activist and had apparently visited the country in 2008? Would not the junta had prevented his entry into the country? There are dozens of questions surrounding this misadventure which beg to be answered.

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