The situation in Burma is dire. They are faced with 22,000+ deaths and homeless numbering in the 100,000s. This is comforting, and a step in the right direction. The $250k to begin with seemed a little small, but we must make sure that every penny goes to the people who deserve it and fast. By helping countries around the world in times of crisis, America continues to be a beacon of hope for the downtrodden, oppressed, and injured. It’s times like this that I am truly happy to be an American.
However, this being said, I certainly hope that the people of Burma will one day know what it is like to live in a country where freedom and democracy are valued and cherished. These poor people have lived under such oppressive rule for so long, and now is as good of a time as any to “secure the blessings of liberty” for the citizens of Burma. The Aung San Suu Kyi factor certainly plays a role in this, considering that she is the true democratic leader of the country. Juntas and regimes can only last until there is a crisis (especially natural) that threatens to destabilize their power. The time is now for a free, democratic Burma.