Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Myanmar getting worse

Things have gotten considerably worse in Myanmar (Burma) since this Register editorial was published, but it is still unclear whether the junta there will allow enough outside aid into the country to be of substantial help. The Burmese regime has purposely isolated itself from the outside world and unlike North Korea, which would like to break out of that isolation, it has no desire to change policies. It recognizes (and exaggerates) the dangers any contact with the outside world poses to the regime. This disaster may prove to be of such proportions as to force the regime to allow more outside forces to lend a hand, which might (or might not) eventually lead to a loosening of its grip on the beleaguered country.

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