Time online today suggests it might be time to invade Myanmar to ensure that aid reaches victims of the cyclone. Here’s a CNN reporter’s accounting of his narrow escape out of the country & how the “generals” seem to be treating this tragedy. What do you think? Invasion makes more sense in this case than 5 years ago going into Iraq, BUT….
All my life, I’ve heard how many lives were “saved” by Truman’s decision to drop the bomb(s) on Japan, but I remain unable to reconcile that argument with the known consequences. In this case, we do know many people are dying while waiting for a drink of fresh water, some food, shelter, etc. What’s the right thing to do? Sending money, especially in this case, left me wondering if whatever it buys will ever get to those suffering. I remember the debate on this blog about the stolen skateboard, & I said something like…maybe the person who took it needed the thing or the money from it more than the kid who actually bought it. Now that feels kind of naive when I picture the junta soldiers taking emergency supplies for their own use or charging a fortune for them. They want to distribute it themselves. Will they?