jw - 2007-09-28 16:40:33
Is it our problem? I mean, when exactly does this stuff become our problem? We made Iraq our problem... It sucks. We're probably already sanctioning them. Either that or giving weapons to the oppressors. I just honestly don't have confidence that anything this administration does actually helps anyone.
alinastandscorrected - 2007-09-28 18:31:58
Ok, so jw has a point.
chaosorder - 2007-09-28 21:01:51
JW does have a point. But at the same time, there are monks in Myanmar emailing and texting anyone who will listen: "Help us." ....
C - 2007-09-28 23:29:06
I believe that anytime there is severe oppression anyplace resulting in an uprising of the people, it is everyone's problem. The United States cannot fix Burma alone, but it CAN and SHOULD be part of an international collective effort. Burma has been under the rule of an oppressive military junta for decades. It's been a problem for a very long time. The Bush administration's current (and laughable) attempt at a symbolic reation to the outcry of the Burmese monks is simply another example of its complete apathy for any conflict that does not have a direct impact on the American economic system. The Bush administration has shown it has absolutely no interest in aiding other nations in severe crisis (Darfur). The Bush administration has shown it has little interest in caring for the people in crisis in our own country! (New Orleans). I think that individuals in the United States can pressure our government to aid people and nations in crisis. I think individuals in the United States have a hell of a lot of power that we rarely use. Situations like this in Burma only drive that thought home harder for me. The real crisis, to me, is that Americans don't act ENOUGH to pressure the government to respond. And I don't have a solution for that crisis at all. No ideas.
jw - 2007-10-01 17:19:09
Good points above. My point of course is the US's incompetence, maybe the UN gives a shit?

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