So Gordon Brown and George Bush both show their compassionate side in our next door neighbour's problems. Funny that the one country where regime change would be welcomed by all sectors of society except the military is not the one that gets invaded. Maybe the Burmese Unical oilfields are too small.
Unless some of the younger army officers decide that their prospects are better under a democratic government there will be real tears soon. The Burmese generals have never been slow to kill their own people.
Even if the Chinese will not listen, Britain, America and the EU could lean on the governments of India, Thailand and Singapore and make sure the generals have nowhere to spend or keep their money. Let's also have some Western financing for the Karens and the student groups to keep on fighting.