Thursday, May 15, 2008

Myanmar and the death of Responsibility To Protect (update 15: The British Are Coming)

Martin Jacques rips into David Miliband for favoring military intervention in Burma, calling him an imperialist. Jacques raises an interesting point: Myanmar, being a military state, has a 400,000 man army, so an intervention would not be a walk in the park like many are saying it would. It could be a fairly drawn out, brutal affair with a high humanitarian cost in its own right.

The article is a little unbalanced, accusing Miliband of being an old-school imperialist while ignoring the Foreign Minister's efforts to work with regional powers such as Malaysia and NGOs to get aid into Burma that doesn't come directly from the United Kingdom, which, um, has a bit of a history in Burma, to put it mildly.

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