Thursday, May 15, 2008

Humanitarian Aid By Force?

I feel for the plight of the people of Myanmar (Burma)-- just as we feel for those dying in the Sudan, etc-- who are suffering the double-blow of a cyclone that killed hundreds of thousands and also a military junta which is either refusing foreign aid or hoarding it for their supporters. This is immoral and it is a crime against humanity. But the number of people who are calling for military intervention to resolve this crisis is baffling.

Beyond the obvious (what military?), it should be insanely obvious by now that we can't solve all the world's problems-- real or fantasized-- with tanks, and jets, and soldiers. Not to mention our eternal loathing of exit strategies or long-term thinking. I don't believe what the Myanmar junta is doing should be ignored (surely there are ways to put the pressure on without going all GI Joe), but this type of reflexive thinking needs changing.

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