“YANGON — Early this month, just days after a round of major talks in the capital, Naypyidaw, fighting broke out between the armed forces and the ethnic Kachin Independence Army in the northern state of Kachin. Ahead of a clearing operation, the Myanmar military airdropped pamphlets ordering residents of Tanai township to leave and warned that anyone who stayed would be seen as cooperating with the K.I.A. Thousands of displaced people are reported to still be stranded in the conflict zone.”
Bravo Tom Friedman. Lets teach the horse to sing. I do have minor problems with your analysis. The Koreas are not our backyard, they are China’s backyard, It is for China, not the US, to lead on this mess. Much to my surprise, I find myself today agreeing with the controversial commentor Richard Luettgen, who suggests we offer to China, if they engineer South Korea taking over North Korea, we will remove our troops and armaments from South Korea. By writing this, I realize the possible flaw in Leuttgen’s idea, is that there could possibly be a future need still to protect Korea under the South Korean Government, from attacks, incursions or pressure from China. Nevertheless, it is still China’s backyard, and we have a big future with China as one of our largest trading partners. We would have to let South Korea determine the amount of US protection that they will need, and not dictate it from the opposite side of the world.