Burma and the shame of the international community

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A few weeks ago, the Red Cross took the unusual step of taking a political stance on the activities of a sovereign state. Less unusual, perhaps, was that the criticism was aimed at Burma (RealPlayer required). Notwithstanding the pronouncements of traditionally non-partisan bodies like this, the international community continues to fraternise with the Burmese military dictators, standing by while the rest of Burmese society continues to deteriorate. The latest news shows that despite statements to the contrary, many countries are indirectly supporting the regime by operating through others; the sale of helicopters via India being a case in point. Amnesty International observe that this transaction risks making a mockery of the EU’s ban on all sales to Burma. Sadly, it is not just the EU that is turning a blind eye.