What do we do? I have a hard time imaging a scenario where it would be OK to unilaterally go into another country and usurp governmental power. There are so many historical examples of it being a really bad idea.
There are 2 million people whose lives are in peril. They have lost their homes and there is no potable water or food. The rest of the world has offered to help. Relief efforts have been made difficult by the junta’s need to control everything. Some supplies and food have gotten into the country, but the military is distributing these donated goods and hampering the efforts of on-the-ground relief workers. A coordinated crisis management team is waiting for a very limited number of visas. People need water and food and will need food going forward as farming yields could mean famine. Officially, the junta is saying there are 43,000 people dead. The UN and Red Cross say over 100,000. This is a type of genocide that is unconscionable. These are people that have the unfortunate reality of living in a fascist state that has been successfully isolated from the rest of the world. These are innocents that have no political value to the junta dead, but because they are evil, (its the only explanation I can come up with) they are willing to let them die.
What is the right thing to do? What is a justifiable use of military force?
Below is a video that Moveon.org I know was distributing. I have read in other places that the Monks and the Red Cross are probably your best bets for making donations. On the off chance you know of Thailand-based NGO, that is suppose to be an effective way to get relief into Burma as well. I am sure the monk is praying for a peaceful solution regarding the military’s soulless response to this disaster.