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WTF’s up with Myanmar? From Fox News:

YANGON, Myanmar — The U.N. is suspending aid shipments to Myanmar after the government began seizing the supplies.

A U.N. official said Myanmar’s junta has confiscated all the food and equipment that the World Food Program had flown into the country for cyclone victims.

WFP spokesman Paul Risley said Friday that the WFP “has no choice” but to suspend further aid shipments until the matter is resolved. Risley said all “the food aid and equipment that we managed to get in has been confiscated.” The shipment included 38 tons of high-energy biscuits.

The reason the junta is giving for not wanting to let in any outside aid boils down to paranoia. They’re scared that if foreigners start coming in to help the people of Burma (the country’s recognized name) will start getting the idea that maybe freedom and democracy ain’t bad. That, of course, wouldn’t sit well with the junta.

Here’s my opinion: screw the junta. Pull an expeditionary strike group (wait, there’s one there already!!) up to the coast and start flying in supplies. Anyone really think the Burmese military is gonna take on the U.S. Marines? Hell, they’d probably help with the offload. But in case they get froggy, park an aircraft carrier over the horizon as well.

And, while we’re at it, how about just getting rid of the junta once and for all. Send in a few SEALS, say the junta died in an accident. No one will ever know…or probably, ever care.

However, SECDEF Gates and JCS Chairman ADM Mullen have a slightly different view:

The tragedy following a devastating cyclone in Burma is compounded by the fact that the U.S. military and others are ready to help, but can’t without the ruling military junta’s approval, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said today.

Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the United States honors Burma’s sovereignty and would not enter its airspace without approval. “It is all tied to sovereignty, which we respect whether it’s on the ground or in the air,” he said. “Right now we just don’t have any way to get into that airspace with permission.”

I’m not one to question the chain of command. But on this one….




Written by Coby Dillard

May 9, 2008 at 2:05 pm

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