Timothy Garton Ash, the Guardian | May 23, 2008
Responsibility and emergency to act in Burma cannot be doubted but UN legitimacy is lacking and R2P stands for "responsibility to protect," not "right to invade." ++ Any action requires "a careful, informed calculation of the likely consequences." ++ Now the junta has acquiesced to limited aid "under an Asian umbrella," the West should drop plans for air and sea bridges that could entail the generals' complete rejection of supplies and aid. ++ Our assistance is essential but should be directed in priority towards charities and actors on the ground.