Wednesday, June 04, 2008
This Day in the Long Modern History of the French Being French
Labels: First Viet Nam War history
This is way OT. As you know, I think we should have been more selective about the countries we invade, but right now I think we should invade Burma.
We have a squadron off thwe coast of Burma full of supplies and people who are ready and able to help the cyclone victims.
We are about to w/draw the squadron b/c the ruling junta will not give its permisssion for the Navy to unload supplies and personnel.
I say, screw them. We should just go it and drop the supplies and help however we can.
What is the juntra going to do? Fight the U.S. Navy?
We will be welcomed, if not as liberators, then as saviors.
I suppose China may get its shorts in a knot but China is unlikely to do anything to interfer w/ the Olympics.
W's approval ratings would sky rocket and we would be doing good.
Tone, careful, you are treading on neocon ground here.
Ha! Ha! The Burmese would satand aside and do nothing or have their asses handed to them in slices.
I foresee a limited intervention of six months. What happens after is anyone guess.
Who could doubt the humanitarianism of it. The whoiners would be Amadinejad and Hugo Chavez and we don't see them stepping forward w/ any aid.
And "six months"? It is to laugh. 8-) It is completely impossible to have a positive effect on pervasive structural problems like those in Burma in that time. (A negative effect would be quite possible, and, I think, likely, though.)
ps. I don't know if we've discussed the issue before, but "Myanmar" and "Burma" are two transliterations of the same word -- and that word doesn't have an "r".
My "Invasion" of Burma idea was to deliver aid even though the junta was refusing permission. My thought was that as soon as the aid was delivered, our ships would steam into the sunset or sunrise or moonrise.
I haven't heard about the transliteration. Would you tell me more about it?
For reprisals, sending the boys to kill people and break stuff can (at least in principal) do some good in a short time. Pour l'encourager les autres, and all that.
But just dropping off supplies and trusting that the bad guys with the guns won't confiscate them immediately isn't likely to be successful.
For more information on the Burma/Myanmar issue (which is a bit different than I remembered it), see this Language Log post.
Thanks for the link. The bad guys probably would get some of the supplies, but I do not think we would have to kill more than a few.
I disagree regarding the PR. It goes like this: Natural disaster strikes; ruling junta unreasonably denies foreign aid, thereby sentencing a multitude of cyclone victims to death; the U.S. delivers aid anyway; stays for a short period, then leaves.
I would toast W's health if he did this. It would an act of charity w/ no expectation of getting anything in return and it would an exercise in pro bono. Who could castigate such an act? Any country or leader or radio talk show host or blogger who did so would be taking the position that is undefendable.
Call me a dreamer, but that's how I see it.