Pre-Emptive Strike

The remarkable courage shown by Burma's marching monks last September captured the world's imagination. The protests encouraged Western governments, many of which first imposed economic sanctions against Rangoon a decade ago, to broaden those measures; the E.U., for example, has now banned a far wider range of exports from Burma.

Sadly, this strategy will prove as ineffective as past such actions against the junta. Sanctions that only heap more restrictions on Burmese exports will have no impact on the ruling generals. The junta has demonstrated that it does not care about Western opinion and...

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