G1223, on May 11 2008, 02:37 PM, said:
Godeskian, on May 11 2008, 07:24 AM, said:
It's easy to advocate that others should rise up against a well equipped and willing to use it military when you're sitting safely at home in a country where you don't have to risk anything to make the suggestion.
I wonder G, if you'd be as eager to reccomend rising up against a military junta who is willing to kill you for it if you were the one under the guns.
I do not know. But I do know that it is pointless trying to send aid to a people and have it used to keep these people under the thumb of the guys who are in dire need of being killed.
So what's the alternative? Ignore the 22,000 confirmed dead, the million homeless, the rampant disease and starvation that's about to occur in the region? Because if we aren't going to ignore it, and we're not willing to go in and kick the military junta out then our ONLY remaining option is to try and work through them.
Nice way to call me a Coward by the way.
I don't think you're a coward. I think that you can't really relate to what being opressed by a military regime is really like unless you've been there and done that. You say things like that they should rise up against the military. With what? How? Civilians in nations like that aren't usually allowed to carry weapons, and they will be killed, imprisoned and tortured, or slapped down in a manner so harsh it hasn't happened in the west in decades.
So when you say things like that, while having never lived under a brutal dictatorial regime I think you're being a tad naive about is actually possible, but I don't think you're a coward.
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