Thursday 19 Jul 2018 | 00:45 | SYDNEY
Thursday 19 Jul 2018 | 00:45 | SYDNEY

Two points about Burma


Sam Roggeveen


13 May 2008 15:26

  1. The Defence Department has released pictures of a RAAF C-17 ferrying emergency supplies to Burma. This is a reminder that these new aircraft and the yet to be built amphibious ships are not just military tools but national logistical assets that have applications far beyond warfighting. Indeed, such assets are likely to spend vastly more of their operational lives on such tasks than in warfighting.
  2. Rory's post reminds me of UN critics who, after making usually quite fair criticisms of the institution, are reluctant to then argue for additional investment (not just money, but time and political commitment) to fix the problems they've identified. Rory is right that in the absence of working regional institutions, the onus has fallen on powerful states to act in the Burma emergency. But I assume that's not how he wants it. So what to do? Is there any choice for Australia but to try to strengthen one or more of these institutions?