Ron Paul Warns Burma Tyrants: We’ll Stay Out of Your Way!
The House yesterday approved a lightweight, nonbinding resolution offering condolences to the people of Burma in the wake of Cyclone Nargis, which the Red Cross now estimates took as many as 128,000 lives when it struck the Irrawaddy Delta earlier this month. From a political standpoint, this was a pretty safe vote. Indeed, 186 Republicans joined every voting Democrat to pass the measure. But it didn’t go unanimously. That’s because Texas GOP presidential contender Rep. Ron Paul disapproved. The final count was 410 to 1.
Paul spokeswoman Rachel Mills said the congressman objected to a sentence in the resolution calling on Burma’s ruling generals to postpone a scheduled referendum in order to concentrate their resources on disaster assistance. That referendum, intended simply to solidify the junta’s grip on the country, was held May 10 — three days before the House vote.
"It interferes with the internal affairs of another country," Mills said. "It’s just none of our business."
Take that — Than Shwe !