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Originally posted by Wirral Bagpuss
Dammit enough is enough!! The world cannot wait any longer. Why should we wait for the Burmese Junta to say yes to letting in aid. We should send in the UN troops, by parachute if necessary to distribtute aid to the suffering people inside Burma. If there was a justified reason for military intervention then this has to be it. I dont think even the Chinese or Russia would object to a UN led invasion force on the grounds of humanitarian reasons for distribution of aid. If i was head of the UN i would call Burma into my office and give them the ultimatium. Open up the boarders or get invaded by blue helmet troops. I dont think that is unreasonable. Alone i can do nothing, but united we can prevail. So i say to you all now, spread the word, lets get the public pressure going for a UN led task force to go into Burma and sort out the mess before an even greater disaster unfolds. Sod politics just for once and look to your inner selves. What if you were in this situation? We must help our fellow human beings and overcome the selfishness of a minority that is the regime in Burma .
FREE BURMA !!!! FEED BURMA !!!
Originally posted by an0maly33
if i was in a country that refused aid from other countries in a disaster?
i would defect/emmigrate. it's a crappy setup, but who are we to say they must accept our help? if the citizens of burma don't like it they need to change their government or live somewhere else.
Originally posted by thegdfather
Everything the Junta's are doing is the same thing George did during Katrina
UN halts aid to Myanmar after junta seizes supplies
May 9 10:12 AM US/Eastern
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) - Myanmar's junta seized U.N. aid shipments headed for hungry and homeless survivors of last week's devastating cyclone, prompting the world body to suspend further help on Friday.
The U.N. said the aid included 38 tons of high-energy biscuits and arrived in Myanmar on Friday on two flights from Bangladesh and the United Arab Emirates.
"All of the food aid and equipment that we managed to get in has been confiscated," U.N. World Food Program spokesman Paul Risley said. "For the time being, we have no choice but to end further efforts to bring critical needed food aid into Myanmar at this time."
Myanmar's government acknowledged taking control of the shipments and said it plans to distribute the aid "without delay by its own labor to the affected areas."
Originally posted by Wirral Bagpuss
Surely bold steps such as taking the initative such as sending UN troops in is at least a start. Sure some people may get killed but as every soldier knows risk is thier business. If i was fit and healthy i would happily take that risk if it meant my efforts saved the lives of others. If i saw someone in mortal danger i would risk my own life to save theirs. It is the human thing to do.
Originally posted by Wildbob77
I think that it's a great idea. Perhaps we can get the oil rich countries to fund this humanitarian mission and supply the troops as well
I'd like to keep the US out of this operation because we haven't been invited.
These pledges are certainly not intended as selfless humanitarian gestures. The Bush administration has been seeking to undermine the Burmese military regime for years and seized on protests last year by Buddhist monks to slap economic sanctions on the country and its rulers. There is no doubt that the United States would be happy to exploit the current tragedy to get a military foothold in the country.
In the case of Burma, the US is interested in countering the influence of China, which has closer ties with the military regime and sees the country as a critical point of access into the Indian Ocean. As far as the Bush administration is concerned, the population of the country is only a bargaining chip in the pursuit of geo-strategic objectives.
US energy giants, including the Chevron oil corporation, also have interests in Burma. While the Bush administration has placed economic sanctions on the country, these have not affected Chevron’s multibillion-dollar investments through its subsidiary Unocal. Human rights groups have accused Chevron of complicity in abuses in Burma intended to protect its pipeline routes.