The UN and Burma
China will oppose any contemplated UN action against Burma.
The U.N. Security Council decided on Thursday to hear a U.N. envoy's report on Myanmar at a public meeting but China said it was opposed to any action by the 15-member body because the junta's crackdown on pro-democracy campaigners was an internal affair. ...
Beijing's U.N. Ambassador Wang Guangya told reporters, "There are problems there in Myanmar but these problems still, we believe, are basically internal. No international-imposed solution can help the situation," Wang said. "We want the government there to handle this issue." ...
In the first official remarks since Gambari's visit earlier this week, [Burmese leader] Than Shwe said he would hold direct talks with Suu Kyi if she publicly agreed to abandon her "obstructive measures" and support for sanctions as well "confrontational positions." He did not elaborate on how the Nobel laureate could meet the demands.
The UN has become a place where totalitarian regimes block any possibility of change by invoking "national dignity" and "noninterference". At the same time the UN insists it is the only "legitimate" venue to discuss political affairs, an assertion with which a large number of "patriots" agree.
With national unilateral action de-legitimized and international inaction guaranteed, the only way forward against the Burmese tyrants appears to be a networked resistance of private individuals in whatever legal ways this can be attempted. This is the bitter fruit of so-called transnationalism: a world paralyzed by the veto of tinpot strongmen; a world where all licitness is vested in an organization which has decided, as a matter of principle, to hoard it and do nothing further. The "international system" is so rotten that perhaps it can no longer be saved. The UN may be beyond reform.