The people in Burma are dying. So who will intervene?
We stood by while Saddaam Hussein used gas on his own people, then cried “horror” at the atrocities a decade later, with photospreads of mass graves in magazines as testament to “Big Bad Saddaam.” No, we waited until it was again politically expedient to use that mass murder as an excuse in our reasoning for attacking Iraq after 9/11.
Not to Godwin the argument, but we waited until directly attacked to intervene in the atrocities by Nazi Germany in WWII. Whatever happened to the “never again” mantra?
Make no mistake about it. The government of Myanmar, aka Burma, is willfully contributing to the deaths of thousands more of its own people by not allowing aid to reach the citizenry.
Hundreds of thousands of people have no food, water or shelter. International aid agencies on the ground say they have reached only 10% of those that need help.
Despite this, Burma’s foreign ministry issued a statement on Friday saying it was not ready to allow foreign aid workers to enter the country.
The junta said it was happy to accept aid, but insisted it would control the distribution itself.
This will probably garner me a lot of harassment, but it is high time the UN used those troops they’ve got. Soveriegnty be damned. I’m no globalist. I think nations should certainly maintain their independence and trade agreements. But when thousands of people are dying of starvation and infection because the government involved, which is in way over its head in dealing with this catastrophe, wants to decide who lives and who dies just as a power trip, then that government can go straight to hell for all I care. Send in UN workers with the food and supplies over the objections of the Myanmar government. If they fire on the UN workers (which is fairly analogous to kneecapping a nun), then send in the goddamned UN troops and protect the aid workers. If people are going to die, they deserve to know that they didn’t die because, once again, the world was afraid to offend a government and offered only apathy.